Fabregas: Rashford not good enough to start for England

Dean Simpson
June 23, 2018

He was subsequently included in The Three Lions' squad which headed to the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he's set to be handed his first competitive start for his country against Panama on Sunday.

Before leaving for Russian Federation, he was widely-criticised by the media for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg, with some more hysterical commentators calling for him to be dropped from the squad.

Gareth Southgate was hailed for "playing a blinder" ahead of England's World Cup opener with Tunisia, as the afterglow of a notionally happy squad and not-quite-as-adversarial-and-vituperative-media was directed his way.

The paper showed an England line-up and formation with Marcus Rashford, not Raheem Sterling, up front with Harry Kane.

"They are very confident, very comfortable on the ball, so we will have to be on our toes and implement our game plan spot on to get the win".

"At every corner he seemed to be getting grabbed and wrestled, but he's got away from his man twice, stuck two in the back of the net and won us the game", Maguire said. I was enjoying myself and kind of just going with it. "We haven't been directly told who is starting and who isn't". "All the positions are up for grabs".

The relationship between the England camp and the media has understandably become strained and defender Kyle Walker has since come out and urged reporters to keep keep schtum about any information they might stumble upon.

We predict things might get more tetchy as the tournament progresses.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was marked down as Alli's replacement, and it looks like the Chelsea youngster has managed to play his way into the side after an impressive showing from the bench against Tunisia.

There was no sign of the black sling he had been pictured wearing on Wednesday and Southgate led the session as normal, flanked by Holland.

Sterling joined his mother in the United Kingdom aged five, after she had left him and his older sister with his grandmother in Kingston, so she could help their futures by studying in England.

Southgate appeared in good spirits and made little concession to his injury, keeping his right arm close to his body, but otherwise showing no outward signs of pain.

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