England striker Rashford suffers World Cup injury scare

Jordan Henderson is happy to play an attacking role for England

England forward Marcus Rashford has recovered from a slight knee injury and should return to full training with the team on Friday ahead of their World Cup opener against Tunisia on June 18.

Rashford scored a splendid goal to open the scoring against Costa Rica to stake a strong claim to accompany Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in attack, but his chances may have suffered a minor setback.

England are not among the pre-tournament favourites, and are priced by the bookies to finish second in Group G behind Belgium, but several members of the squad have been bullish about their prospects of winning the trophy. The victory will also help calm down an ever-sceptical English press.

The likes of Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker jetted out of Birmingham Airport on Tuesday morning ahead of their opening fixture against Tunisia.

For an England supporter, the 2018 offering of the World Cup represents the dawn of a new era under boss Gareth Southgate and what is perhaps more surprising is that the Three Lions go into the tournament without any real expectations from both media and those traveling to watch Southgate's charges.

"We just got there last night", Dier said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT.

Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier will make his first World Cup appearance, with Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold amongst the substitutes.

Southgate, who was an accomplished defender, is one of the few England players of recent vintage to have known relative success at an global tournament, having been in the side that reached the semifinals of Euro 96.

Ferdinand revealed how the FA should look at this World Cup as a pathway on the road to greatness rather than the final destination.

"We are obviously excited to be here now".

"If we do all of those things and we play with a smile on our face, enjoy our football, enjoy being in a tournament, then I think we will get results".

We have the talent in this squad to win football matches, it's all a case of whether Harry Kane and co can do it on the biggest stage in the game.

"We are hopeful players and family will get an opportunity to go into St Petersburg when we are not working".

"I've got a family that are going out there".

"It's going to be a gruelling adventure but we're very proud of what they are all doing".

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