Marcus Rashford Shines As England Cruise Past Costa Rica

Costa Rica finished above England in their 2014 World Cup group

England can head off to the World Cup by beating Costa Rica and keeping a clean sheet in Thursday evening's friendly worldwide at Elland Road, says Dave Tindall.

Manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes to the team that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday, with John Stones the one player to keep his place, while Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right wing-back.

The Manchester United forward, who travelled to Euro 2016 as an 18-year-old, goes to Russian Federation after a hard campaign under Jose Mourinho but, having been handed a starting role by England manager Gareth Southgate against the 2014 World Cup quarterfinalists, showcased his attributes.

Pope came out of nowhere to secure his position as England's third goalkeeper for the tournament ahead of the vastly experienced Joe Hart, who was one of the shock omissions from Southgate's World Cup squad.

The friendly was played just 11 days before the Three Lions' opening World Cup match in Russian Federation against Tunisia.

Marcus Rashford emphasised his ability to provide the X-factor for England at the World Cup with an outstanding goalscoring performance.

A short pass from Ruben Loftus-Cheek set up Marcus Rashford, whose cracking effort from distance stormed past Navas and into the back of the net for the opening strike on 13 minutes.

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And Rashford joined the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli in recent days by insisting England shouldn't settle for just reaching the latter stages after early exits in recent tournaments.

After the break, Jordan Henderson forced a fine save from Navas, before the win was sealed in the 76th minute.

"I do not want to be overly critical of Jose Mourinho but I imagine the environment is far better under Gareth Southgate than at Manchester United", Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column. They played the game in the Costa Rica half and asserted themselves, with good tempo, as well as width and pace to get behind their opponents.

"Anything's possible so we have to go there with the highest expectations".

England have been drawn in Group G with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

Southgate said: "For sure Jack Butland plays in goal".

"I think the general patterns and defensive side of the game was good, movement of the ball was good, we looked a threat".

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