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England World Cup news: Marcus Rashford suffers slight injury in training

Marcus Rashford: Tipped to impress at his first World Cup
Marcus Rashford: Tipped to impress at his first World Cup

Marcus Rashford sat out England's first training session in Russia due to a knee complaint as Gareth Southgate faced the first notable injury doubt of the World Cup build-up.

Preparations for next Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia could scarcely have gone any better up until now, with the initial 23-man selection remaining intact after beating Nigeria and Costa Rica.

Rashford shone in the latter friendly and scored a superb opener during a man-of-the-match display in last week's Elland Road send-off, underlining his claims for a starting berth when the finals get under way.

The 20-year-old's hopes suffered a setback after he missed England's first training session in Russia with a slight knee injury, but on Wednesday evening he assured fans the problem was nothing serious.

He tweeted: "Thanks for the messages I've been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions"

The Football Association also earlier indicated Rashford's absence was only a precautionary measure, but the Manchester United forward was conspicuous by his absence from the first session at Spartak Zelenogorsk's stadium.

England's medical staff are treating a knee issue that Southgate called a "slight knock" upon touching down in Russia on Tuesday, with midfielder Jordan Henderson using a similarly relaxed tone the following day.

"He's not too bad, I don't think," the Liverpool captain said. "It's a knock in training.

"I think we've still got five days before the first game so it's just a little bit of a precaution for him to make sure he is OK."

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Our team have scoured the markets ahead of the World Cup

After training with the remaining 21 members of the squad on Wednesday, Henderson said he did not know how Rashford sustained the issue.

Eric Dier - facing a fight with Henderson to start against Tunisia - was among those involved in Zelenogorsk, but eyebrows were raised by the heavy strapping on his left thigh.

"I am fine, thank you," the Tottenham defensive midfielder said. "It is 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!"

Around 400 locals watched England's first training session, with children given Three Lions goodie bags at the start of a session that ended with the players signing autographs.

England's training ground is a 10-minute drive from their hotel in the resort of Repino, which is 29 miles north-west of St Petersburg.

The team checked in at the forRestMix Club on Tuesday evening, meaning players have yet to do anything other than rest and train.

"We just got there last night," Dier said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT. "We were in the hotel and training this morning.

"I know over the next few days we can if we want to, so I am sure myself and others will get out and about."

And Dier is looking forward to heading into St Petersburg over the coming weeks to explore a place he has heard so much about.

"I'd like to go and see St Petersburg," the 24-year-old added. "Apparently, it is a beautiful city.

"I think it's one of the most European cities in Russia, so I am looking forward to seeing the city.

"My friend's brother used to play here at St Petersburg and he said the city was very beautiful, so it will be nice to go and see it."

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Most Read Football

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action1

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

The latest from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

The latest Champions League standings and what teams need to do to qualify3

Champions League permutations

It's the final week of Champions League group action with Liverpool and Tottenham two of the big names facing final-game deciders in their bids to make the last 16.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Paper Talk: Barca want £200m Kane

PSG to rival any Eden Hazard bid and Barcelona desperate to land £200m Harry Kane - plenty more too in today's bumper edition.

Get all the football gossip from the National Papers5

Paper Talk: Lukaku agitated

Romelu Lukaku is the latest Man United player to be unsettled by Jose Mourinho, according to today's paper - get all the latest.

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