England boss Gareth Southgate provides Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka injury update ahead of San Marino clash

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford arrives at England's training ground ahead of San Marino clash
Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has been struggling with an ankle injury (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate admits it’s ‘doubtful’ either Marcus Rashford or Bukayo Saka will be involved in any of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

England begin their long journey to Qatar this evening at home to Group I rivals San Marino, the lowest ranked team in world football.

The Three Lions follow this up with a trip to Tirana to take on Albania this weekend before returning to Wembley to face Paulo Sousa’s Poland next Wednesday.

Both Rashford (ankle) and Saka (thigh) were named in Southgate’s 26-man party for the triple header and look shoo-ins for this summer’s European Championships but the duo are unavailable tonight due to injury.

Bukayo Saka looks on in Arsenal training
Saka has been working on his fitness at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

And while the Arsenal youngster is yet to even join up with the rest of the squad, it appears he’s the likelier of the two to play a part over the coming days.

Asked whether either Rashford or Saka could feature in any of England’s three games, Southgate said: ‘Well they’re both doubtful.

‘I’d say Marcus is more doubtful than Bukayo at the moment but we’re going to assess them.

‘Marcus has been very keen to be with us. He obviously wasn’t with us so much in the autumn so he’s been keen to be part of the group and get with us.

‘Bukayo has needed to have some investigations at the club first so he hasn’t been able to join us yet.

‘But hopefully [he can] in the next couple of days.’

Gareth Southgate looks on in England Training Session
England take on San Marino, Albania and Poland over the coming days (Picture: Getty)

Southgate hopes England are ‘ruthless’ versus minnows San Marino but warned his players not to take anything for granted as ‘any team can score at any time in a game’.

‘You can have random incidents like what happened that night,’ Southgate said in reference San Marino’s surprise early goal when England recovered to win 7-1 back in 1993.

‘I remember watching that game as a youngster, so we’ve got to focus on the [fact that the] majority of the game we’re going to have the ball.

‘We want a positive performance, where our players enjoy having the ball but that we’re ruthless with it and that we have the movement and the creativity to go and create chances and to score goals.

‘So, you can look at it in any different way. You can go into the game apprehensive because of what might go wrong. But we’ve got to be positive and say ‘it’s a game you should enjoy’.

‘You don’t get too many games where at Wembley you can go out, you know you’re going to have a lot of the ball and you’ve got to make sure that you use it well.’

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