Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Marcus Rashford Shines As England Cruise Past Costa Rica

Costa Rica finished above England in their 2014 World Cup group Costa Rica finished above England in their 2014 World Cup group
Kristopher Love | 08 June, 2018, 10:27

ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed Stoke City's Jack Butland will start the Three Lions' final World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica tomorrow night ahead of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. "There are a couple of places that always as a manager you are looking at who your better players are, but then form and physical condition means it always evolves, a football team is a moving, living beast".

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"Throughout my career there have been people that I've always tried to learn from, whether it's been coaches, goalkeeping coaches, managers, or other goalkeepers", he said.

Rashford now wants England to head to Russian Federation with the belief that they can spring a surprise during the World Cup.

20 years old, born and raised in Central America and yet he still shares a name with that bloke you know who lives a few streets over and sells dodgy Amazon Fire sticks on the sly.

Just 11 days before their Group G opener against Tunisia, Thursday's sold-out Elland Road friendly was the last chance for the Three Lions to fine-tune before departing for Russian Federation.

England beat Nigeria on Saturday 2-1 with Southgate trying out his three at the back formation, which Alexander-Arnold could be a vital part of in the right wingback role.

'We have got a good chance.

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

On Elland Road as the venue: "While Wembley was being built we had some fantastic opportunities to play elsewhere". We have quality across the two line-ups.

On Thursday, with Rashford dominating the ball in the final third, Vardy was unable to use his natural assets to make a final impression on Southgate and was replaced by Danny Welbeck on 61 minutes.

These two teams played out a goalless draw in their final group game at the World Cup in 2014, where Costa Rica went on to reach the quarter-finals, but Rashford made sure there would be no repeat of that result with a stunning goal 13 minutes in - his first for England since last September. I've not got a player in the squad who I would think twice about putting into the opening game of the World Cup.

"I thought his link-up was good".