Eng­land get Rash­ford boost

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

MAR­CUS RASH­FORD (pix) has been given the green light to start the World Cup – af­ter hand­ing Eng­land an in­jury scare.

The Manch­ester United striker missed the open­ing train­ing ses­sion in Repino yes­ter­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee prob­lem.

un­der­stands the 20-year-old tweaked a mus­cle in his knee dur­ing the pri­vate game be­tween the squad at St Ge­orge’s Park on Mon­day be­fore the group flew to Rus­sia.

Eng­land boss Gareth South­gate de­cided to leave Rash­ford out of train­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing as a pre­cau­tion.

But the team’s med­i­cal staff have told South­gate that Rash­ford will be avail­able to train to­day and will be OK for the open­ing clash against Tu­nisia in Vol­gograd on Mon­day (Tues 2am in Malaysia)

But he could be still be fac­ing World Cup heart­break if South­gate de­cides to pick Raheem Ster­ling in­stead.

Rash­ford im­pressed the man­age­ment with a stun­ning goal in last week’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

But South­gate will not start with both of them in the same team and is lean­ing to­wards the greater pace and ex­pe­ri­ence of Ster­ling against Tu­nisia.

The Eng­land boss was greeted by lo­cal dig­ni­taries at the train­ing ground be­fore putting his squad through a light ses­sion.

Eric Dier also set alarm bells ring­ing when he trained with strap­ping on his leg.

But he re­vealed he was wear­ing the tape due to su­per­sti­tion rather than in­jury.

The Tot­ten­ham mid­fielder said: “I’m fine. It’s just a su­per­sti­tion more than any­thing now.

“It’s just be­cause I’ve had a prob­lem with my leg and it’s cleared up now, but I was wear­ing the strap­ping be­fore and I just haven’t stopped wear­ing it yet. I will even­tu­ally.” – Daily Star

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