England hoping Marcus Rashford is fit to start against Tunisia

Jordan Henderson: 'I hope I've done enough to earn a World Cup starting spot'

"We have got to improve to reach the latter stages of a tournament and that is going to take a lot of hard work over the next few weeks and a huge commitment but I am seeing evidence that we are embracing that challenge".

Rashford delivered a man-of-the-match display in England's final pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road last week, scoring a stunning opening goal from range for just his third global strike after 19 caps.

The Football Association indicated Rashford's absence was only a precautionary measure, with Southgate calling it a "slight knock" upon touching down on Tuesday.

England's medical staff are treating a knee issue that Southgate called a "slight knock" upon touching down in Russian Federation on Tuesday, with midfielder Jordan Henderson using a similarly relaxed tone the following day. "It's a knock in training".

In captain Harry Kane, England have one of the tournament's most deadly frontmen, although finding the right creative midfielders to supply him has proved problematic. "They should say there needs to be a strapline around this tournament now that says: 'We have a great pool of talent coming through but this tournament may be a bit early in terms of the development of this England squad. And you learn more", he said.

"But I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven't stopped wearing it yet".

England have an open training session between 09:30 and 10:30 (BST) in St Petersburg.

England will observe a minute's silence before training to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.

It will be intriguing, though, to see how they cope with the pressure once the competition gets underway.

Their next session will be held at Spartak Zelenogorsk, a dedicated training base six miles from their ForRestMix Hotel.

Kane further revealed that England, who are famous for their awful record in shootouts, would look to play the attacking game and focus more on scoring.

For those of you who are of a cynical nature, you may well point out that a different England player gives a similar sounding interview before every major tournament, and in all honesty we won't argue as you'd be pretty much spot on.

The England boss said: "I think people can see there is a humility about the group, and there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be either by the way".

"I think it's one of the most European cities in Russian Federation, so I am looking forward to seeing the city".

Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young - attacking full backs with good delivery and energy - look to be England's starting wing backs, so it is the center-back combination that will be occupying Southgate's thoughts.

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