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Rashford shines as England cruise past Costa Rica

09 June 2018, 09:32 | Charlene Valdez

International Friendly Report: England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

Watch: Marcus Rashford Scores Thunderbastard In Costa Rica Friendly

Man-of-the-match Marcus Rashford - who opened the scoring against Costa Rica - has given Gareth Southgate a selection headache.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck earned Gareth Southgate's side a comfortable win over the 2014 quarter-finalists, with several players making their claims for a starting spot in Russian Federation.

Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli's cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18.

The Man United man opened the scoring at Elland Road with a screamer to light up the final World Cup friendly before the team take off for Russian Federation next week.

At the other end, Jack Butland was handed a final chance to impress and try and oust Jordan Pickford as Southgate's first-choice goalkeeper.

And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere!

Henderson, meanwhile, told media on Friday he was happy to play in a more advanced role, if that's what Southgate wished.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was bright in the early stages, bringing the ball forward from midfield with authority and playing a neat first-touch pass off his in-step after venturing to the edge of the Costa Rica box.


The key question now for Southgate is whether he opts to play Rashford in attack alongside Harry Kane or whether Raheem Sterling will keep that role.

And Rashford admitted afterwards that this was his best game in an England shirt.

The friendly was played just 11 days before the Three Lions' opening World Cup match in Russian Federation against Tunisia.

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.

Manchester United striker Rashford hit a screamer for the 2-0 win.

"We're looking at someone whose confidence is going through the roof at the moment", Wright said. However, Navas, fresh off his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid, was completely caught out moments later as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that dipped perfectly over him and into the top corner for his third global goal.

Costa Rica face tournament favourites Brazil as well as Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, and will need to show far more ambition once they get to Russian Federation if they are to replicate their heroics of four years ago.



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