Rashford unconcerned by 'slight niggle' ahead of World Cup opener

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The 20-year-old's hopes suffered a setback after he missed England's first training session in Russian Federation with a slight knee injury, but on Wednesday evening he assured fans the problem was nothing serious.

London [U.K], June 12: England men's football team captain Harry Kane has said that his national side are looking forward to be aggressive and fearless as they aim to approach the upcoming FIFA World Cup on the front foot in Russian Federation.

"It should be part of the FA's job to market the England manager in the right way", he told the Express.

"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".

"Even if we have a disaster, we will learn - and you learn most when you get beaten".

Southgate was speaking on Monday morning at St George's Park, where he waved off referee Martin Atkinson from ahead of a charity bike ride to Russian Federation.

According to the research, released by LEDHut, the England team ran on average just 84km per game in Brazil, 11km less than the Germans every game, and seven kilometers short of the Belgians, who they face in the final game of the Group Stage this summer.

Matches against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium lie ahead for Southgate's young side, and while there is a feeling that this tournament may have come too early for the Three Lions to be contenders, there is optimism that the long-term future is bright.

"They know they can have an input, they have a good opinion on things and they are able to suggest solutions that they may think are better than those we propose", he said.

The Saudis qualified from a pretty ordinary looking qualifying group, although it has to be said that the fact they finished above Australia suggests they can be capable of causing an upset on their day.

England wrapped up their St George's Park camp preparations by staging an internal match on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch.

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".

Players switched between the teams that wore England's white and black training tops, allowing Southgate to look at different combinations.

Expectations are mixed for Southgate's squad. You've got your minutes. "We want to take this tournament head on".

"I am fine, thank you", the Tottenham defensive midfielder said.