Rashford leads England to win over Costa Rica

Sergej Milinković-Savi

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.

But Elland Road was lit up on 13 minutes when Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford got the ball just outside the box and unleashed a wicked strike that moved in the air as it sailed past Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas and nestled in the back of the net.

Serious movement on that ball, which may have something to do with its design.

And Rashford felt his performance in Thursday's game, in which Danny Welbeck headed in the second goal, was helped by his more carefree approach. "That's what I've tried to do throughout my career, I've tried to take little pieces of their character or parts of their game so I can try to improve my own". We could field a back four of Yorkshiremen, no problem with who we have got.

"I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament". I am sure it can be; it is just having the stability.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Gareth Southgate or Óscar Ramírez?

"What pleased me most is that Marcus Rashford enjoyed his football", he told ITV.

"I thought his link-up was good".

The striker was certainly up for the contest tonight, producing an incredible flip-flap early in the game before his unstoppable long-range strike had Navas beaten all ends up - giving England a crucial lead.

"He had a hard end to the season, having to play on his own as a number nine at times". He is still filling out. "We sometimes forget how old he is". "Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations".

"We know how far in training we've come on, especially in the last 18 months, and these games are just an opportunity to show it to everyone".

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck earned Gareth Southgate's side a comfortable win over the 2014 quarter-finalists, with several players making their claims for a starting spot in Russian Federation.



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