Rashford unconcerned by 'slight niggle' ahead of World Cup opener

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The England forward has insisted there is "nothing to worry about" regarding his knee injury

Marcus Rashford has described his injury as a "slight niggle" and insists the problem is nothing to be concerned about.

The Manchester United forward impressed in England's final pre-World Cup friendly, scoring a spectacular goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road.

Rashford and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling are widely thought to be in direct competition for a place in Gareth Southgate's starting XI for the opening Group G meeting with Tunisia on June 18.

On Tuesday, Southgate confirmed Rashford had picked up a knock but the 20-year-old posted on social media to calm fears over any long-term issues.

"Thanks for the messages I've been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions," Rashford wrote.

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Rashford scored 13 goals in all competitions for United in 2017-18, fighting for a starting role along with Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial. 

Following their opener against Tunisia, England face Panama on June 24 and Belgium on June 28. 

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