England go through the gears in training ahead of their World Cup last-16 showdown with Senegal
Ready to go for the knockouts! Harry Kane guides England players through their final training session before meeting Senegal in World Cup final 16 as boss Gareth Southgate deals with selection headache
The English team trained for the last time for their World Cup final-16 game with Senegal.
Gareth Southgate faces the dilemma of whether to keep the same team that Wales knocked down or whether to make another substitution as he did against Rob Page’s side.
Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden both impressed on Wednesday night, but they face the chance of falling back to the bench to be replaced by Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka respectively.
Gareth Southgate delivered a final training session before the confrontation with Senegal on Saturday
Phil Foden admitted frustration at having only played one game for England at the World Cup so far
The England squad looked all smiles on a sunny day at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex
A decision must also be made in midfield, with Mason Mount and Jordan Henderson both at Southgate’s disposal.
Foden, who has been a hot topic of conversation throughout the World Cup, admitted he was disappointed in his supporting role, with his only appearance from the start against Wales.
Speaking to the BBC ahead of Sunday’s crucial game, the 22-year-old said: “It’s been up and down.
‘[I am] disappointed not to start more games but it’s part of the tournament. I am a team player and when I get the opportunity I take it.
Every Three Lions player on the squad participated in Saturday’s session
Amidst the fear of his ankle injury, Harry Kane proved his fitness while running free
“I had seen a lot of media attention for me in the beginning, it’s hard to get rid of that,” he added.
‘There is a lot [of competition]. [Bukayo] Saka did well and scored in the first game, [Marcus] Rashford scored and did very well against Wales.
“Everyone scores and everyone has proven a point, so it will be a headache for Gareth [Southgate] to choose the team for the next game.’
Southgate are battling a selection headache ahead of Sunday’s last-16 game
Raheem Sterling was seen in the middle of a mini-game of rondo with a few players
Apart from Ben White, who has been flown home from England’s World Cup campaign on a personal matter, every player was present for Saturday’s training.
The players seemed to be in a good mood as they joked and laughed during a sunny day at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex.
Harry Kane again proved his fitness amid concerns of an ankle injury by roaming freely during the session.
Marcus Rashford has revealed he will take a penalty if called up in a penalty shootout
Rashford goes into the game in Senegal with confidence after his brace against Wales and he revealed he will step up to take a penalty if called up.
The Manchester United forward was the target of abuse along with Bukayo Saka after failing to score from 12 yards out in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.
“They are big moments and as an individual I have always felt comfortable with them. I hope we take another penalty kick in the tournament. I’m looking forward to it,” said Rashford The times.