England have trained at their World Cup base in Russia for the first time, and it seems the squad are already in the wars.
Marcus Rashford is nursing a ‘minor knee knock’ he sustained in the final session before the squad flew out to their new home in Repino.
Eric Dier wore heavy strapping on his left quadricep, which is understood to be just a slight niggle. The Tottenham midfielder was still able to play a full part in training but his fitness will also be followed closely.
Eric Dier was pictured wearing strapping on his left quadricep but still trained fully
Trent Alexander-Arnold was involved in the challenge that saw Raheem Sterling go to ground
Sterling clutched his ankle after taking a tumble but seemed to recover sufficiently
Jack Butland took to the training pitch after settling into Repino with his team-mates
Southgate will have had his heart in his mouth when Raheem Sterling took a tumble and clutched his ankle.
The Manchester City star was involved in a challenge with Trent Alexander-Arnold but appeared to shake off any ill-effects.
In Marcus Rashford’s case, he is expected to recover swiftly, though his chances of starting against Tunisia on Monday have been dealt a blow by the injury.
Manchester United’s 20-year-old forward is expected to battle it out with Sterling for a place in the side.
The rest of Gareth Southgate’s squad were able to take in their new surroundings on the Gulf of Finland in northern Russia.
England’s base is an hour from Saint Petersburg and they set to work on a grey morning, no doubt hoping to make a final impression on the manager before he finalises his selections for the Group G opener.
England have five days until their World Cup campaign gets underway in Group G
Dele Alli controlled the ball as the sun came out from behind the clouds at Zelengorsk
Harry Kane and the England squad enjoyed a light session, their first in Russia at their base
That said, there was no specific preparation for Tunisia or work on team shape as the session was light and used primarily to get the stiffness from travelling out of the legs.
Southgate has admitted things can change rapidly despite already having a strong idea of his best XI.
He said: ‘If we were playing tomorrow I probably do (know the team), yeah, but we have another week of preparation and we have a lot of competition for places and that’s good because things can change very quickly.
‘You can pick knocks up and there’s one or two very close calls that we can see how players are once we get into the sessions here.’
More intense sessions are still to come as the start of England’s World Cup campaign draws ever closer.
Gareth Southgate ran the rule over his squad ahead of Monday’s clash with Tunisia
Jamie Vardy seemed to be enjoying himself as the players worked on simple drills
(L-R) John Stones, Ashley Young, Kieran Trippier and Raheem Sterling played keep ball