MARCUS RASHFORD has been given the green light to start the World Cup – after handing England an injury scare.

The Manchester United striker missed the opening training session in Repino yesterday after suffering a knee problem.

Starsport understands the 20-year-old tweaked a muscle in his knee during the private game between the squad at St George’s Park on Monday before the group flew to Russia.

England boss Gareth Southgate decided to leave Rashford out of training yesterday morning as a precaution.

But the team’s medical staff have told him Rashford will be available to train today and will be OK for the opening clash against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.

But he could be still be facing World Cup heartbreak if Southgate decides to pick Raheem Sterling instead

Rashford impressed the management with a stunning goal in last week’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

But Southgate will not start with both of them in the same team and is leaning towards the greater pace and experience of Sterling against Tunisia.

The England boss was greeted by local dignitaries at the training ground before putting his squad through a light session.

The players worked in small groups doing ball skills before ending the session with a game of one-touch football as Southgate and his coaching team looked on.

But he revealed he was wearing the tape due to superstition rather than injury.

The Tottenham midfielder said: “I’m fine. It’s just a superstition more than anything now.

“It’s just because I’ve had a problem with my leg and it’s cleared up now, but I was wearing the strapping before and I just haven’t stopped wearing it yet. I will eventually.”

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