Ryan Bertrand will miss England's final European Championship warm-up game against Portugal at Wembley after being absent from training for a third day in a row at the team's training base in Watford. The Southampton full-back received treatment away from the main group on Wednesday [1 June] but is not expected to be a fitness doubt for the opening Euro 2016 group match against Russia on 11 June.
Manager Roy Hodgson will name a strong team for the last of three tune-up matches before the summer finals, with Wayne Rooney expected to captain the side in attack. The game comes less than 48 hours after Hodgson confirmed his 23-man squad for the tournament, which saw Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend join the injured Fabian Delph in being left out.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was selected as one of five forwards after becoming the youngster player to score on their England debut, when he netted inside three minutes of the win over Australia at the Stadium of Light. The selection leaves Hodgson with ample attacking options and he is looking forward to seeing the 18-year-old reproduce his best in France.
"Rashford had that fantastic end to the season and he is a very, very interesting player," he told reporters. "He has special qualities; I think that has been recognised by everybody. It will be very interesting to see in a squad of 23 how he can bring those qualities to bare at an even higher level.
"The balance is good, if anything it is tilted towards an offensive approach. That is because we have so many players who are good in attack and are really good quality players and I didn't want to sacrifice them for players who might cover positions slightly better but not have the qualities of the players I'd be leaving out. We think we need great mobility and running power to defend.
"The deliberations have involved all of the 25 players with us after Fabian got injured. We were discussing the 25 consistently, continually and it was certainly never a case that 'we'd put Rashford in for this game, and if he does well we'll take him, if he does badly we won't'. It was never going to be a case of that. It has never been 'this one or that one' it has been the balance of the squad."
Rashford made his senior debut for United in February, scoring eight goals to force his way into the reckoning for the summer. Skipper Wayne Rooney is thrilled with his inclusion and says his emergence has been "incredible".
"The way he took to coming into Manchester United's team, the way he has performed from when he came in at the end of the season has been incredible really, for his game," England's record goalscorer added. "He has shown what he can do, in his first game for England he gets his first goal. What is pleasing about him is his attitude has been first class. He has shown that around the hotel and on the training pitch. He deserves it and he could be a real positive for us.
"There is [plenty of competition in attack]. It is great for the team, great for the squad that Roy had got options both as strikers and in midfield as well which I think you need going into a tournament."