England striker Marcus Rashford suffers World Cup injury scare

England will adopt an aggressive approach to their World Cup fixtures and tackle the tournament "head on" as Gareth Southgate's youthful squad hopes to make its mark in Russian Federation, captain Harry Kane has said.

Marcus Rashford missed England's first training session in Russian Federation on Wednesday as a precaution after picking up a knee strain.

Rashford impressed during last week's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica, netting with a 25-yard strike during the first half of the friendly at Elland Road.

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.

England touched down in Russian Federation on Tuesday and upon their arrival, Southgate revealed that the 20-year-old had an issue with his knee and is now being assessed by the Three Lions medical staff. "The FA have spoken to us security-wise and I've got every confidence in them and with family going out there".

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The England boss added he would "probably know" his starting XI for the Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18 "if it was tomorrow", but insisted there was still plenty of time for players to stake their claim.

Despite the improving relations with the supporters and more optimistic mood within the country, few associated with England expect the team to win the World Cup on July 15.

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

"It's the one competition that everybody dreams of winning", said Kane before England set off. I have worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent in the World Cup stage, playing in my position.

"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed those matches", he said. I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that.

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