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England News: Duo play down injury concerns

8 months ago

In the latest England news, Marcus Rashford and Eric Dier have moved to play down concerns over their fitness ahead of England’s opening World Cup game.

Rashford sent out statement to England boss Gareth Southgate with his performance in the final World Cup warm-up clash against Costa Rica.

The Manchester United forward opened the scoring at Elland Road with a long-range strike and England went on to claim a 2-0 victory.

He continued to catch the eye with flair and attacking intent in abundance, which led to extensive calls for him to start England’s game against Tunisia.

However, his involvement in Monday’s match was questioned earlier this week when he sat out of training.

The 20-year-old was expected to return on Thursday but didn’t join the rest of his team-mates although he has now taken to social media to allay fears.

Rashford tweeted: “Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions”

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson also appeared to be confident about Rashford’s fitness when he was asked to provide an update.

“He’s not too bad, I don’t think,” Henderson said. “It’s a knock in training. I think we’ve still got five days before the first game, so it’s just a little bit of a precaution for him to make sure he is OK.”

Meanwhile, Dier, who Southgate admitted will need to compete with Henderson for a starting berth, has been spotted with strapping on his thigh.

The Spurs midfielder was involved in training and insists he is merely wearing the strapping as a precaution.

Dier said: “I am fine, thank you. It is just a superstition more than anything now.

“It’s just because I’ve had a problem with my leg and it’s cleared up now. But I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven’t stopped wearing it yet. I will eventually!”

England, who are priced at 14/1 to win the World Cup with Coral, have failed to make it past the last 16 since 2006 and suffered a group-stage exit in 2014.