Three Lions ready to roar in Russia after great performance against Costa Rica

first_img 3 The England players celebrate with Marcus Rashford after his incredible strike 3 3center_img England continued their perfect World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road.A wondergoal from the impressive Marcus Rashford and a smart finish from substitute Danny Welbeck made it two out of two for Gareth Southgate before he takes his side to Russia.After dispatching Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley last weekend, the Three Lions boss will have been delighted to see his young side keep a clean sheet and not pick up any injuries.Ruben Loftus-Cheek was bright in the early stages, bringing the ball forward from midfield with authority and playing a neat first-touch pass off his in-step after venturing to the edge of the Costa Rica box.A seventh minute free-kick in a dangerous area promised much, but when Delph hung a cross towards the far post Harry Maguire was judged to have fouled Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Delph’s delivery from the corner flag earned England another chance to attack and Phil Jones’ stooping header almost caught Navas off his line.If that was a warning, the Real Madrid man did not heed it.With 13 minutes gone, Marcus Rashford collected the ball in an innocuous looking area, but the Manchester United man had spotted Navas drifting forward and whipped a brilliant strike towards the top corner.The shot sailed over the keeper’s head and struck the net sweetly, with a nonchalant celebration suggesting this was not Rashford’s first time.After a cagey start to the second half, England began to find their rhythm again, with ht slickness in their passing dragging the Costa Ricans all over the places.Gareth Southgate made a host of changes and it effectively killed the game off for the Three Lions.Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck combined perfectly for the second goal of the night, the Tottenham Hotspur man setting up his Arsenal counterpart with a delightful cross to head home emphatically.Gareth Southgate’s men begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.STAR MANHe may have faded slightly in the second-half but Rashford was the game’s outstanding performer.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.After this performance Southgate may just be tempted to put Rashford up front alongside Kane for the tournament.Rashford sends England fans into meltdownMOMENT OF THE MATCHThey say it’s a team game but it was Rashford’s goal of pure brilliance in the first-half which was the best moment of the match.He picked up the ball before sweetly striking the ball into the top corner giving Navas – who is Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper – no chance.Who has boosted their World Cup chances?WHAT THE FANS ARE SAYING LINE-UPSEngland: Butland (Pope 65), Jones, Stones (Cahill 65), Maguire, Alexander-Arnold, Loftus-Cheek (Lingard 79), Henderson (Alli 64), Delph, Rose, Vardy (Welbeck 61), RashfordSubs not used: Heaton, Pickford, Walker, Dier, Kane, Sterling, Trippier, Young, Lallana, LivermoreCosta Rica: Navas, Waston, Gonzalez, Calvo, Gamboa (Smith 72), Guzman (Tejeda 69), Borges, Oviedo (Matarrita), Venegas (Bolanos 61), Campbell, UrenaSubs not used: Pemberton, Moreira, Acosta, Duarte, Ruiz, Colindres, Wallace, Azofeifalast_img

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