RASH-HOPE: England boss expresses hope over Rashford

World Cup 2018 By: Linus Onyeze | 14/06/2018

Russia 2018: Rashford plays down injury scare

England coach Gareth Southgate is hopeful of having Marcus Rashford available for Monday's clash against Tunisia despite increasing fears over his fitness.

The Manchester United forward missed England's first training session since arriving in Russia due to the knee injury sustained in the behind-closed-doors match at St George's Park.

Rashford is understood to have completed a light session at the team hotel while his team-mates were put through their paces four miles away at their training facility in Zelenogorsk, according to the Daily Mail.

Rashford moved to allay fears over the injury on Twitter on Wednesday night. The 20-year-old posted: 'Thanks for the messages I've been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.'

It remains to be seen whether Rashford returns to full training on Thursday, nevertheless Southgate is confident the Manchester United star will be available for their World Cup opener in Volgograd.