Marcus Rashford set to return to full training after knee injury


Marcus Rashford set to return to full training after knee injury

Gareth Southgate-England

Gareth Southgate-England

Marcus Rashford missed England's first training session in Russian Federation on Wednesday as a precaution after picking up a knee strain.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has admitted to being "jealous" of Gareth Southgate as the national side prepare for their World Cup campaign.

"I've got no concerns at all", the Manchester United man told Press Association Sport.

But after his goal - and performance - against Costa Rica in England's final friendly, many fans want the 20-year-old to be given the nod.

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One player assured of his place is Kyle Walker, who has been deployed by Southgate on the right of a three-man defence despite excelling as a marauding right-back for Manchester City this season.

"Is it my preferred position? Of course not", Walker said. "We want to get off to winning ways", he explained.

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I played in England teams that had midfielders with great technical ability but this squad has a different dimension with its speed. I will do anything for the team. "If that means the gaffer thinks to help the team out it is me playing there, I am all for it".

"It is a World Cup - there is always going to be pressure, nerves and excitement. Of course not. I want to play right-back", he told United Kingdom newspapers. I have to be professional.

"He has taught me so much about the game: just managing the game, understanding the game, and knowing the players around you really".