England 2-0 Costa Rica

Saturday, 09 Jun, 2018

Rashford opened the scoring for England in their final World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday night. It was a wonderful strike for the goal and he worked incredibly hard for the team.

England will look to express their creative flair at the World Cup thanks to Gareth Southgate's managerial style, says Danny Welbeck.

But at Elland Road against a Costa Rica team all too happy to amass a 10-man barricade in front of Navas, the 20-year-old demonstrated how effective he could be from the first whistle and when dropping deep to collect the ball and run at opponents.

The match was the last for both teams before their World Cup openers, England facing Tunisia on June 18 and Costa Rica meeting Serbia the day before.

Southgate rang the changes after the hour mark as Dele Alli, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope were introduced for the home side.

Danny Welbeck has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho by claiming that Marcus Rashford is free to "express himself" when on worldwide duty with England.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Southgate said: 'Marcus is desperate to do well and we said to him and all the players we were expecting mistakes to be made.

Sterling scored 23 goals in all competitions as Manchester City romped to the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion and lifted the League Cup.

That was the one decision Southgate has made that has drawn any criticism, with some arguing that there was time between the end of the season and the start of the tournament for Lallana to get fit.

But it's not as straight forward as that.

Southgate, whose squad fly to Russian Federation and their World Cup training base near St Petersburg on Tuesday, got what he wanted: a full house and a slick, tidy 2-0 win over a Costa Rica side who have the pleasure of Brazil in Group E and look like the poorest of picks in any office sweepstake. "And if you win one, you win more". That has helped break down some of the barriers that were apparent in the build-up to previous tournaments, with England's performances on the field providing further cause for optimism.

Bertrand played 40 times for Saints this season, whereas Rose featured just 17 times for Tottenham. Dier played that anchoring role against Nigeria and Henderson, wearing the captain's armband, filled it against Costa Rica.

"I played left midfield in a Champions League final for Chelsea".