Raring to go for the knock-outs! Harry Kane leads England’s players through their last training session before facing Senegal in the World Cup last-16, as boss Gareth Southgate faces a selection headache
The England squad were pictured training for the final time before their World Cup last-16 clash with Senegal.
Gareth Southgate faces a dilemma of whether to keep the same team that thrashed Wales or spring changes again as he did against Rob Page’s side.
Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden both impressed on Tuesday night but they face the possibility of dropping back to the bench to be replaced by Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka respectively.
Gareth Southgate delivered a final training session on Saturday before clash with Senegal
Phil Foden admitted his frustration at starting just one match for England so far in World Cup
The England squad appeared to be all smiles on a sunny day in Al Wakrah Sports Complex
There is also a decision to be made in midfield, with Mason Mount and Jordan Henderson both at Southgate’s disposal.
Speaking to BBC ahead of Sunday’s crucial match, the 22-year-old said: ‘It has been up and down.
‘[I am] disappointed not to start more games but it is part of the tournament. I am a team player and when I get the opportunities I’ll take them.
Every Three Lions player that is part of the squad took part in Saturday’s session
Amid fears about his ankle injury, Harry Kane proved his fitness again as he roamed freely
‘I had seen a lot of media attention towards me to start, it is hard to get away from that,’ he added.
‘There is a lot [of competition]. [Bukayo] Saka has done well and scored in the first game, [Marcus] Rashford has scored and did very well against Wales.
‘Everyone is scoring and everyone has proved a point so it will be a headache for Gareth [Southgate] to pick the team for the next game.’
Southgate faces a selection headache ahead of the last-16 game on Sunday
Raheem Sterling was seen in the middle of mini game of rondo with a few players
Aside from Ben White, who has flown home from England’s World Cup campaign over a personal matter, every player was in attendance for training on Saturday.
The players appeared to be in good spirits as they joked and laughed throughout a sunny day in Al Wakrah Sports Complex.
Harry Kane proved his fitness again amid concerns over an ankle injury by roaming freely throughout the session.
Marcus Rashford has revealed he will take a penalty if called on in a penalty shootout
Rashford goes into the Senegal match with confidence after his brace against Wales and he revealed he will step up to take a penalty if called on.
The Manchester United forward along with Bukayo Saka were on the receiving end of abuse after failing to score from 12 yards out in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
‘They are big moments and as an individual I’ve always been comfortable with them. I’m hoping that we get to take another penalty in the tournament. I’m looking forward to it,’ Rashford told The Times.