Trent Alexander-Arnold debuts & Jordan Henderson starts as England beat Costa Rica

Trent Alexander-Arnold debuts & Jordan Henderson starts as England beat Costa Rica

England concluded their 2018 FIFA World Cup preparations with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday.

Rashford scored with a attractive long-range shot to set England on their way to their second victory this week as they prepare for the Group G clash with Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

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. But if it means seeing more goals like that of Rashford's tonight, then I'm all for it.

There's certainly an argument to be made in that regard with the Portuguese manager increasingly becoming frustrated with Rashford's inability to play the striker role that is needed for his tactics.

"For sure Jack Butland plays in goal", Southgate said.

"You work on shots like those in training pretty much every day, so when one comes off in the game it's the reward you get for the practise".

And two of those substitutes - Alli and Welbeck - combined 15 minutes from the end when the Tottenham man crossed for his club rival to nod home and seal the win.

Rashford endured a hard end to the season at United, scoring just four times in 2018 at club level, and suffering some stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho. "We sometimes forget how old he is".

"I just tried to play free today and enjoy myself but try and do it within a structure, so it's good practise for what we need in the tournament".

"Anything is possible. We have to go with the highest expectations".

The highlight was Marcus Rashford's stunning strike on 13 minutes, the Manchester United forward picking the ball up outside the visitors' area and lashing a thunderbolt into the back of the net that left keeper Keylor Navas stunned.

Navas was Costa Rica's hero of an incredible run to the World Cup quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil, helping to knock England out of the group stages on the way.

Loftus-Cheek dragged wide from distance before goalkeeper Nick Pope came on for his debut among a swathe of England alterations.

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