GARETH SOUTHGATE revealed England’s first injury scare of the World Cup last night, just minutes after his squad arrived in Russia.
Marcus Rashford (above) picked up what the manager described as a ‘slight knock’ in their final training session before they flew out for the tournament.
The Three Lions landed in St Petersburg yesterday afternoon en route to their training base in Repino. The World Cup gets under way tomorrow when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
Manchester United forward Rashford will be assessed ahead of today’s open training session. ‘Marcus took a slight knock but nothing too serious so we will have a look at that [before training],’ said Southgate. ‘Other than that, everybody came through fine.’
The England boss said he would ‘probably know’ his starting XI for the Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday ‘if it was tomorrow’, but insisted there was still plenty of time for players to stake their claim.
‘We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places,’ he said. ‘That is good, things can change pretty quickly.’