Marcus Rashford will not train with England on their first morning in Russia due to a slight knee injury.
The 20-year-old underlined his claims for a starting berth in the Three Lions’ World Cup opener against Tunisia with a man-of-the-match display and outstanding opener against Costa Rica last week.
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed upon landing in Russia on Tuesday that Rashford had sustained a “slight knock” – a knee complaint that kept him out of the first training session as a precautionary measure.
Rashford was excellent against Costa Rica on Thursday and it was thought that his performance had put him in the frame to start against Tunisia on Monday.
The rest of the 23-man England squad trained at Spartak Zelenogorsk’s stadium, where around 400 local children joined dignitaries in welcoming the team to the country.
Just 10 minutes down the road from England’s hotel in Repino, there was a large turnout from English and international media at the ticketed open training session.
Attendees underwent security checks at the entrance, with children given a Three Lions gift bag by volunteers.