South­gate con­firms Rash­ford knock

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

MARCUS RASH­FORD picked up a “slight knock” dur­ing Eng­land’s fi­nal train­ing ses­sion be­fore the squad flew out to Rus­sia, man­ager Gareth South­gate con­firmed. The player is Eng­land’s only in­jury con­cern ahead of the side’s open­ing World Cup match against Tu­nisia next Mon­day.

The Eng­land man­ager con­firmed the in­jury as the Three Li­ons touched down in St Petersburg yes­ter­day.

The Manch­ester United for­ward, who scored a stun­ning strike dur­ing Eng­land’s 2-0 friendly win against Costa Rica on Fri­day, will be as­sessed to­day as South­gate’s men get their first train­ing ses­sion un­der­way in Repino.

It’s un­der­stood the in­jury is not a sig­nif­i­cant one, with Rash­ford still on course to fea­ture in Eng­land’s group-stage cam­paign.

His im­pres­sive per­for­mance against Costa Rica was praised by South­gate in the wake of last week’s vic­tory at El­land Road.

“What pleased me most is that he en­joyed his foot­ball tonight,” he said.

When pressed on whether he knew his start­ing XI for the Tu­nisia match, the Eng­land man­ager replied: “I might sleep on it.”

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