Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

08 June, 2018, 15:47 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter-finalists                                       Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter

Marcus Rashford admitted he tried to "play free" and enjoy his football in England's 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Despite scoring a second against Costa Rica after the break, England let their opponents back into the game on Thursday night and a better team would have undoubtedly punished them more.

Southgate made 10 changes to his starting XI, with the likes of Rashford, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose all catching the eye, ahead of England's World Cup opener against Tunisia.

Gareth Southgate could not be happier with England's World Cup preparations given the kinship and qualities his group are displaying.

Rashford grabbed the lead for Gareth Southgate's charges in the 13th minute with a thunderous from 20-yards out that looped into the far corner of the net, 1-0.

Substitute Danny Welbeck added a second on 76 minutes when he got his head to Dele Alli's cross and so England head to Russian Federation with a 100% record from their warm-up matches, having beaten Nigeria on Saturday.

Marcus Rashford insisted England have the "highest expectations" going into the World Cup after comfortably winning their final warm-up game.

England's Jack Butland (left) is substituted for team-mate Nick Pope at Elland Road, Leeds.

The Leicester City striker had just seven touches in the first half, fewer than any other player on the pitch and was the first to be taken off for Danny Welbeck after 61 minutes. But I know the fanbase is there and I am really looking forward to playing here.

Danny Rose and the uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold should also feature at Elland Road in the final warm-up match before the tournament in Russian Federation.

"He's a Man United player so he got booed at the start but cheered off at the end so that tells you about his performance, so we're really pleased for him".

Hopefully it will be the 4-4-2 in a bar beat of Terrier Brass that will inspire England to success against Costa Rica and then the rest of the world in Russian Federation in the next month.

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