Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is an injury doubt for England’s opening World Cup 2022 qualifier against San Marino this evening.
The forward has not trained with the rest of the England squad this week as he looks to recover from a foot injury.
Another blow sees Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Talking to the BBC, England boss Gareth Southgate said: “Marcus has been very keen to be with us. He obviously wasn’t with us so much in the autumn.”
The Three Lions face San Marino later on today, and these UK betting apps are barely even offering odds for an England win, due to the fact it is a certainty before the game even kicks off.
England have won all six previous meetings, scoring 37 goals and conceding just one.
“We should enjoy playing with the ball, but need to be ruthless with it,” he added.
“To have the creativity to score goals we have got to be positive and say it is a game which we can enjoy.”
England Captain Harry Kane will be on the hunt for more goals to add to the 32 he currently has, as another World Cup qualification campaign begins.
With arguably more important qualifiers coming up against Albania and Poland in the next six days, Southgate may opt to rest the striker so he is fully fit to face the better opposition.
“It is brilliant we have got a captain who wants to play every minute of every game,” said Southgate.
“But we have to be mindful he had extra time last Thursday [in the Europa League] and then another high-intensity game on Sunday.
“We have that situation with a lot of the players really, so we have to manage the fixtures correctly, and have done that through training this week.”