Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford OUT of England’s three World Cup qualifiers with a foot injury with Kyle Walker and Bukayo Saka also from the San Marino clash
- Marcus Rashford’s foot problem has limited his share of the current England team
- Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker are also absent from Thursday’s San Marino clash
- England will also face Albania and Poland in this month’s World Cup qualifiers
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been ruled out of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a foot problem.
The issue made Rashford miss United’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester on Sunday and will now limit his involvement in Gareth Southgate’s England line-up.
Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker are also not part of England’s 23-man squad to face San Marino on Thursday, but will remain part of the camp for now.
Marcus Rashford has been banned from the English World Cup qualifiers with a foot problem
Right back Kyle Walker is out of the England squad for San Marino, but stays with the camp
It makes England boss Southgate rethink his attacking options for the trio of matches.
There’s a chance that captain Harry Kane could also be out of the game on Thursday as Southgate is aware of his workload, especially with Euro 2020 ahead.
Kane has scored 32 international goals and is well on his way to breaking Wayne Rooney’s record of 53. Games against minnows San Marino offer Kane a good chance to further narrow the gap, but Southgate may well be prioritizing the well-being of its skipper.
If Kane falls to the bench, Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin can be selected to lead the line. Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins, who is part of his first-ever England team, is an alternative.
Arsenal player Bukayo Saka also takes a hit, but will remain part of the English fold for now
Attacking midfielder Jude Bellingham is contending for a role after being allowed to report for international duty to the German government, giving the Borussia Dortmund midfielder a quarantine clearance.
Southgate even admitted when naming his squad for the three qualifiers that he did not expect 17-year-old Bellingham to join his squad.
England will also play against Albania on Sunday and next week against Poland as part of their World Cup qualifying campaign.