Rashford shines as England cruises past Costa Rica

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

The next time the Three Lions will be in action is for their Russian Federation 2018 opener against Tunisia on Monday 18 June.

None of which means, of course, that England will win the World Cup or even come close - and it is clearly the case that part of the reason for the impressive preparation has been that expectations, after two miserable World Cups in a row and defeat to Iceland at the Euros, have been set low. Dier played that anchoring role against Nigeria and Henderson, wearing the captain's armband, filled it against Costa Rica. "[Fabian] Delph as a number eight is different to Dele [Alli] as a number eight".

Welcome to the Three Lions club, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope.

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.

"Firstly, incredibly fearless and honest", the England manager said.

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Collecting Ruben Loftus-Cheek's pass, Rashford turned into space and unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25 yards out that dipped over Keylor Navas and into the left-hand corner.

Danny Welbeck is setting his sights on going past David Beckham in England's scoring charts after underlining his worldwide credentials against Costa Rica.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association said it had allocated 2,403,116 World Cup tickets since sales started in September, 2017, with Latin Americans among the biggest non-Russian buyers.

He opened his account against Belgium in 2012 and has now bagged a total of 16 goals in 39 games.

"I have been in constant dialogue with Gareth throughout the whole season really, not just since my last injury, the hamstring back in March, and he has been absolutely fantastic with me".

Sixteen games for Leeds, where he moved from Stoke City, culminated in 28 concessions at a time when Massimo Cellino was thrashing out a takeover of United and Brian McDermott's dressing room was falling apart. "We're all comfortable around each other, we understand the identity of the team and the way we want to play".

The second half was a more subdued affair in terms of chances, the ten substitutions perhaps affecting the game's flow.

At the back too, players are forcing Southgate to think again about his starting line-up.The wing-backs in particular were excellent against Costa Rica, with Danny Rose and debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold showing that they've got the defensive nous and attacking flair to make an impact in Russian Federation.

Behind Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in the pecking order, Rashford had seemingly been earmarked for the role of impact substitute at the World Cup; a shot in the arm of lightning pace when England run out of zip.

It's fair to say nobody had a bad game against Costa Rica.

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