Although manager Gareth Southgate described it as a ‘slight knock’, Rashford’s hopes of featuring in Monday evening’s Group G opener in Volgograd appear to be diminishing.
The England squad arrive for Thursday’s training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium
The Three Lions trained without striker Marcus Rashford, who is nursing a knee injury
Marcus Rashford again missed England’s training session on Thursday as fears grow that his knee problem could preclude his from the World Cup opener with Tunisia on Monday
The Manchester United striker, posing for his official World Cup portrait, picked up a ‘slight knock’ to his knee, according to England manager Gareth Southgate
Rashford’s absence from the training session could mean that manager Gareth Southgate no longer has a selection dilemma for the opening game on Monday
The 20-year-old emerged as a challenger to Raheem Sterling in the side after scoring an impressive goal and taking the man of the match accolade in last Thursday’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.
Rashford attempted to allay concerns about his fitness by posting a message on his Twitter account on Wednesday evening.
‘Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions.’
The England squad held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago
Manager Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff observe the silence for the Grenfell victims
Rashford underwent separate fitness work at the team hotel while the squad held an open training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk stadium, near their base in the town of Repino, close to Saint Petersburg.
They began the session with a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster one year ago.