Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

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

England's Marcus Rashford (bottom left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team mates Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson.

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

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping drive from the right which flew past Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

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

The only other time these two teams met was in the 2014 World Cup, which was a notoriously (what some would call boring) 0-0 draw. They joined up late after their Champions League final defeat...

Rashford scored with a lovely 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.

Tasked with leading the line Rashford, partner-in-crime Jamie Vardy was almost in for a second but was well thwarted by Navas.

It looked like another plodding friendly between England and Costa Rica as the Three Lions get their final outing before heading off to Russian Federation.

Costa Rica are in a tough group against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup and while nobody would have expected them to win, even second place may be looking like a push at the moment.

England's pressure resumed after half-time, with Navas palming away a fierce Jordan Henderson strike before the resulting corner saw Harry Maguire's header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

England were on top without exerting too much pressure and got the second they deserved in the 76th minute.

"Rashford played with a real swagger tonight". Alex Iwobi cut the lead in half but it wasn't enough as England emerged victorious at the final whistle.

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