Marcus Rashford was again absent from England training as the World Cup opener against Tunisia edged closer.

The 20-year-old bolstered his chances of starting Monday’s Group G clash with a man-of-the-match display in the 2-0 friendly send-off win against Costa Rica last Thursday.

However, Rashford’s hopes of featuring against Tunisia appear to be diminishing after missing a second day of training in Russia with a knee complaint.

The Football Association indicates it is a precautionary measure and manager Gareth Southgate called it a “slight knock” upon England’s arrival.

Rashford also attempted to allay concerns about his fitness on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he posted.

“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions⁠”

The player will conduct separate preparatory work at the team hotel.

England observe a minute's silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire England observe a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire (Owen Humphreys/PA)

England will observe a minute’s silence before training to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Gareth Southgate and his 23-man squad will continue their preparations for the World Cup with a morning session at Spartak Zelenogorsk, but not before showing their respect for those who lost their lives in last summer’s tragedy in London.