Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

England striker Marcus Rashford suffers World Cup injury scare


After Tunisia, England face Panama in Group G before a potentially-deciding game in terms of group winners against Belgium.

After flying into Saint Petersburg, England headed to their base camp in the seaside town of Repino, 45 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the city, where preparations will start for the Three Lions' opening game against Tunisia on Monday.

The former Crystal Palace and Everton boss feels he should still be in charge of England and, in a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, said: "Jealous is what I feel".

"You can pick knocks up, there is one or two very close calls that we can see how we players are when we get into sessions here".

"For us it is about working hard and training hard until the game, then going out there and having some fun". We ask people to pay a lot of money to watch football. "We want to get off to winning ways", he explained.

"I have worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent on the World Cup stage, playing in my position. If that means the gaffer thinks to help the team out it is me playing there, I am all for it".

"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from that, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".

England have won only six matches in the knockout stages of major worldwide tournaments since their World Cup triumph in 1966, the last victory of that kind being 12 years ago against Ecuador. "We just wanted to get over here and settled to start to prepare for the games ahead", said England captain Harry Kane. Our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control: constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the past year or so, and that people have warmed to. Ultimately, we know we'll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes.

"I'm confident it won't happen (again) - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve".

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