Rashford doubtful for England due to persistent ankle injury
Rashford is an injury doubt for England with an ankle problem carried over from last season.
The Manchester United forward played through the pain barrier in the final games of the campaign and wanted to give himself every chance to play for Gareth Southgate’s team against Iceland and Denmark in the Nations League.
Rashford, 22, had the injury scanned and is set for a short period of rest to get him ready for the start of the Premier League season, with the hope that the full recovery will ensure he remains fit for the whole campaign through to the European Championship.
He had suffered a serious back injury last season but recovered to play a full role in Project Restart, starting every league game as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side earned a place in the Champions League.
United went to Lisbon where they reached the semi-finals of the
Europa League, although Rashford’s ankle caused him discomfort during games. He had been eager to play in England’s first international games in 10 months but is poised to use the time to recover fully.
Southgate may consider bringing in cover but has Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho as wide forwards and also called up Mason Greenwood, who overtook Jack Grealish in the pecking order with his form in the second half of the season.
It will still be a blow for Southgate to lose a player who has scored in his last three international games, with the fixtures in Reykjavik and Copenhagen next week being competitive Uefa matches.
Ben Chilwell’s heel problem means Southgate does not have a recognised left-back in his squad, while Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been ruled out through injury.
Struggling: Marcus Rashford played through the pain barrier for Manchester United towards the end of the season