Southgate impressed with Rashford's "swagger"

Southgate impressed with Rashford's

Southgate impressed with Rashford's "swagger"

A stunning goal in a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica has set the youngster up perfectly for World Cup duty, with Sharpe backing a player blessed with searing pace and a keen eye for goal to "scare" the very best defences on the planet.

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. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher? England ensured that he was rarely in Costa Rica's line of fire.

"I had a heads-up that I would play some part so it was nice to prepare myself mentally and get ready to go".

It took Marcus Rashford just seven minutes to show he was in the mood on Thursday night, the Manchester United forward beating Costa Rica defender Kendall Waston with a piece of skill that Ronaldinho would have been proud of.

The Three Lions now have an 11-day break before they take on Tunisia in their World Cup opener and Rashford's performance poses a healthy dillema for Southgate.

"Every time I play for England I try to do my best and try to give everything".

In a rare England match away from Wembley, Danny Welbeck headed in the second after coming off the bench in the second half at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.


Compare that to the drab audiences that have played Wembley throughout the years and the potential sale of the stadium to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan can not come soon enough. "You can see the ability he has to hold people off, his speed and the strength when he is running with the ball".

The 20-year-old has not been able to flourish like this since he first broke into the United team, ironically under Louis van Gaal.

Costa Rica face tournament favorites Brazil as well as Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, and will need to show far more ambition once they get to Russian Federation if they are to replicate their heroics of four years ago. That's what's best for the England national team and us as individuals.

Dele Alli didn't quite match his stellar Spurs form from 2016/17, scoring nine Premier League goals compared to 18 a season earlier, so talk has turned to Lingard displacing his Premier League rival in England's XI.

Costa Rica get their World Cup E campaign under way against Serbia on June 17 in Samara.

For England, Jack Butland started in goal, back at the scene of a loan spell which comprehensively destroyed his World Cup chances in 2014.

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