Rashford shines as England cruise past Costa Rica

Rashford shines as England cruise past Costa Rica

If Gareth Southgate wants to bring home the trophy then, he should at least make sure the sound of brass defeats the Samba beat of Brazil, the oompah marches of the Germans and the guitar and castanets of Spain. For me, at the end of the season, he cares so much you can see he was trying too hard [at Manchester United].

Costa Rica, who are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland, barely threatened Jack Butland's goal.

The link-up play between Loftus-Cheek and Rashford on England's right-hand side, causing problems for Costa Rica's defence with the pair constantly fouled as they formed most of the attack - Loftus-Cheek was fouled more than any other player (five) and also completed 100% of his 34 passes.

"You work on them (goals) in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward", Rashford told ITV. "He is still filling out - we sometimes forget how old he is", added Southgate.

"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".

England concluded their 2018 FIFA World Cup preparations with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday. Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations'.




Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, picking the ball up from 30 yards before driving a powerful shot past Keylor Navas.

It would have been more had the Three Lions showed a cutting edge, but there was far more to shout about in comparison to the countries' last meeting at the World Cup four years ago.

Navas kept his side in the game by denying Jamie Vardy from point-blank range as he latched onto Leicester team-mate Harry Maguire's knockdown.

"A little bit different in that obviously (there was) a slightly different profile of players, so maybe we didn't get as many men in the box at times".

Harry Kane , Raheem Sterling and Dele Ali are among 15 substitutes for England that include Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana, the three players on the standby list for Russian Federation.

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