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Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

Southgate made widespread alterations in a bid to test his options and for the most part was rewarded with an encouraging display, with Rashford superbly opening the scoring before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure a 2-0 win against underwhelming Costa Rica.

England comes into this match unbeaten in their last nine games, including a narrow 2-1 win from Wembley over a very game Nigerian side on Saturday.

Much has been made of the youthful squad who will represent the Three Lions in Russian Federation, which is the youngest England party to travel to a World Cup since Chile in 1962. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

Jack Butland, a potential target for Liverpool in the summer, has also been confirmed to be starting in goal.

A wondergoal from the impressive Marcus Rashford and a smart finish from substitute Danny Welbeck made it two out of two for Gareth Southgate before he takes his side to Russian Federation.

Marcus Rashford emphasised his ability to provide the X-factor for England at the World Cup with an outstanding goalscoring performance.

Ten minutes into the second half, Harry Maguire was unlucky not to double the lead for the hosts after his header was cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

Substitutes: 14 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) for Vardy 61, 12 Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) for Alexander-Arnold 65, 20 Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) for Henderson 65, 23 Nick Pope (Burnley) for Butland 65, 15 Gary Cahill (Chelsea) for Stones 65, 7 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) for Loftus-Cheek 79.




"We have got a good chance".

"There are definitely places up for grabs for the first game of the tournament", he said.

The 26-year-old hadn't played a single Premier League fixture nine months ago, but 12 clean sheets and a Player of the Year award later, the Clarets goalkeeper is heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We could go through 11 of those on the basis of what we saw tonight - and that's critical because we won't progress on 11 players chosen in the first game".

England play their other World Cup group games against Panama on 24 June and Belgium on 28 June.

'I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament.

In 2014, Costa Rica practically shocked the world as they topped their World Cup group ahead of Uruguay, Italy and Thursday night's opponents England.


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