Marcus Rashford ruled out of England double-header
Man United forward unable to shake off ankle injury ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers
Marcus Rashford has been ruled out of England’s double-header against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty
The Three Lions’ preparations for Friday’s Group A opener against the Czech Republic at a sold-out Wembley have been hampered somewhat by a string of injuries.
Southgate’s initial 25-man selection is now down to 21 players after striker Rashford returned to Manchester United on the eve of the Czech Republic clash.
The 21-year-old had an individual session indoors away from the main training group at St George’s Park on Thursday and Southgate has now confirmed that an ankle issue has seen him withdraw.
Asked about Rashford, Southgate said at a press conference: “He’s been with our medical team all week and we’ve tried to progress him but it’s clear he’s not going to be ready for our matches so we’ve sent him back.
“We knew Marcus might not be ready so it’s a good opportunity for others.”