Marcus Rashford injury: England star in massive update ahead of Tunisia World Cup clash
The Manchester United star is a doubt for Gareth Southgate’s first starting Xi of the tournament having picked up a knee injury in training earlier this week.
But he looks like he could play a part against Tunisia having returned to light training at the Three Lions’ Repino base on Thursday.
England provided the promising update on Rashford’s fight back to fitness on Twitter, writing: “Marcus Rashford took part in light training this afternoon and will hopefully rejoin the group tomorrow.”
A video of the United forward running was included alongside England’s message, will have certainly come as a boost to Southgate.
Southgate has an array of selection dilemmas to mull over as he prepares his side to take on Tunisia on Monday.
Although he will relish the fact he faces a difficult decision regarding whether to play Rashford from the off.
Rashford was on target as England beat Costa Rica at Elland Road last week in their final World Cup warm-up game.
And he is vying against the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli to start against Tunisia.
Southgate’s predecessor, Sam Allardyce, has backed the England boss’ willingness to trust in youngsters, such as Rashford.
“I don’t know how different my squad would have been if I had been manager,” said Allardyce.
“But certainly a lot of the players that Gareth has picked on the basis of how much they have succeeded over the last two years, is something I would have done probably similar.
“But I don’t think I would have followed every one he has done. What he has done is very, very successful up to now.
“The younger players who have stepped up and done well in the Premier League have then stepped up again and proved they could do well with the chances they have got with England. It leaves them with a very interesting squad.”
Allardyce believes England would do well to reach the last eight in Russia.
“Quarter-final would be a success,” he added. “We have not been there for a long time. Any less than that I would not call a ‘failure’ but it would definitely be a disappointment.”
England will also take on Panama and Belgium in Group G.