Global friendly match report England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018


One change to his side that Southgate confirmed on Wednesday is that Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland will start ahead of Everton's Jordan Pickford, who has been handed the No. 1 shirt.

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.

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

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Recent friendly games show a mixed bag of results for the Central Americans although the 3-0 home win over Northern Ireland and 1-0 victory away to Scotland could suggest they do well against British sides.

Manchester United veteran Young has earned his place in the squad after an impressive campaign at Old Trafford but, while he has done well and justified his selection in Southgate's squad, Rose is a better option.

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Phil Jones clipped the crossbar with a header but it was Rashford who looked brightest in a positive early spell for England, and it was fitting for him to break the deadlock. "I am not sitting two weeks before a game and saying 'That's it, you're comfortable as you're in, '" he said.

"We've done stuff at Canalside pre-match as well as when the players come off the bus, particularly the executioner's drumroll when the opposition team arrive and get off their coach!" We are not just a London-based team.

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.

Playing alongside Vardy, eventual man of the match Rashford was bright, energetic and unsafe throughout - which gives Southgate something to think about ahead of the Tunisia opener. One of the keys of us getting through these two matches was to try and make sure every member of our squad gets a significant amount of game time.

"Then you've got to be good enough and lucky enough to make it".

"Going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim", he added.