England vs Costa Rica: Rashford, Welbeck seal win for Three Lions

England vs Costa Rica: Rashford, Welbeck seal win for Three Lions

Costa Rica's defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (L) vies with England's striker Marcus Rashford during the global friendly football match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds in northern England on June 7, 2018.

Vardy is another player set to start against Costa Rica, alongside Jordan Pickford in goal and the likes of Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but Southgate's selection will be based mostly on conditioning for the tournament.

"You work on them in training so, when one comes off in a game, it's the reward you get", he told ITV when asked about his stunning goal.

Gareth Southgate, having decided on a final 23-man England squad, will be hoping to see strong competition for places in the starting XI. They joined up late after their Champions League final defeat...

That opens up several opportunities but the simplest could be the best and I'll play England to win to nil at [2.08].

That's the view of former Premier League defender Martin Keown who saw the Manchester United striker star as England beat Costa Rica 2-0 last night.

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Recent friendly games show a mixed bag of results for the Central Americans although the 3-0 home win over Northern Ireland and 1-0 victory away to Scotland could suggest they do well against British sides. We are not just a London-based team.

Marcus Rashford was by far the best player on the pitch. One of the keys of us getting through these two matches was to try and make sure every member of our squad gets game time.

Among that number is Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the full-back, 19, likely to be handed a full debut tomorrow.

England's Raheem Sterling speaks during the media day at St George's Park, Burton.

The Three Lions have been warming up for the World Cup in Russian Federation with some friendly fixtures and the youngster didn't take long to score for his nation. Very often, global players have not started off at a big club.

The Elland Road crowd chanted "football's coming home" in a bright start punctuated by flashes of impressive team interplay and skill. "That's what I've tried to do throughout my career, I've tried to take little pieces of their character or parts of their game so I can try to improve my own".

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