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Rashford nursing ill-timed knock, Southgate confirms

22:49 SAST 2018/06/12
Marcus Rashford England 2018
England have been hit with an injury concern less than a week out from their World Cup opener

In-form forward Marcus Rashford suffered a knock in England's final training session before flying out for the World Cup, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

Southgate's squad touched down in Russia on Tuesday with Rashford among the 23-man party who are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 1966.

The Manchester United man's injury is not believed to be serious, meaning he could still be fit for the opening Group G game against Tunisia on June 18.

Rashford, 20, netted a stunning goal in the 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday to advance his case for a starting place in Volgograd.

“Marcus took a slight knock, but nothing too serious,” the England manager said. “We’ll look at that ahead of tomorrow’s session.”

England's other group opponents are Panama and the world's third-ranked side Belgium.

The Three lions are set to lean heavily on Tottenham star Harry Kane as the focal point of their attack, but Rashford's form coming into the competition has him looking like a player who may be on the verge of a breakout in Russia