England vs San Marino: Marcus Rashford major injury doubt, Bukayo Saka to miss World Cup qualifying | Football News

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 England vs San Marino: Marcus Rashford major injury doubt, Bukayo Saka to miss World Cup qualifying |  Football News


Marcus Rashford is a major doubt for England’s World Cup opener against San Marino on Thursday due to a foot injury, while Bukayo Saka was excluded from the game at Wembley.

Manchester United striker Rashford is yet to take part in the England squad’s training but has worked in the gym as he seeks to recover from the injury sustained in the 1- win. Manchester United’s 0 against AC Milan in the Europa League last Thursday.

The 23-year-old missed United’s FA Cup quarter-final loss to Leicester on Sunday, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claiming Rashford ‘was not close’ to playing despite his name in the 26 squad. Gareth Southgate players.


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As England prepare to face San Marino and Albania in World Cup qualifying, Rob Dorsett provides the latest news on Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins, Jude Bellingham and the keeper situation goal.

Meanwhile, Saka has yet to join the English side as Arsenal continue to assess the hamstring injury suffered against Tottenham.

Saka was able to play 74 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with West Ham following the Spurs defeat, but he will not appear for England on Thursday.

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Bukayo Saka has four England caps after making his debut last year

It is hoped that the 19-year-old, who made his England debut last October, will be available for matches against Albania and Poland.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount will join manager Southgate for the press conference on Thursday evening.

Johnstone reveals De Gea’s congratulatory message

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has revealed that his former Manchester United team-mate David de Gea congratulated him on his first England call-up last week.

Johnstone, who went through United’s youth system, worked alongside the Spain international before leaving Old Trafford for good in 2018 in search of first-team football.



Sam Johnstone and David de Gea were teammates at Manchester United (Getty Image)

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Sam Johnstone reveals what ex-Manchester United team-mate David de Gea texted to him after receiving his first call in England

“He texted me when I got the order, saying he was happy for me and really proud,” Johnstone said at a press conference.

“It’s really nice to hear someone like that with whom I trained for several years and from whom I learned a lot.

“Just being around him every day was special,” added Johnstone, after being asked what he learned from his time with De Gea.

“Work with someone like that. He was young, playing for Manchester United and Spain.

“You pick things up by being around him and looking at him and how calm and good he is because he’s one of the best. It was great to be with him and learn from him.

“And then obviously I had to go and make my own way and my own career. ”

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