England finish World Cup prep with win over Costa Rica

England finish World Cup prep with win over Costa Rica

Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier are two of Southgate's most trusted lieutenants - but one of them looks set to miss out against Tunisia.

"Everybody watched David Beckham growing up, it's nice to hear I'm one away", he told Press Association Sport.

Rose has had a hard season for Tottenham, as he discussed in an extraordinary interview this week, but on Thursday he played with panache. "He is still filling out - we sometimes forget how old he is", added Southgate.

And he also made 35 appearances for the club last season, so why would they let him leave? "The goal was world-class".

Gareth Southgate has welcomed a selection headache for England ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation after their impressive 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

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.

Marcus Rashford has enjoyed the best last six months in a Man United shirt but he has looked at home on the worldwide stage since day one, and judging by his performance against Costa Rica he could be ready to the the World Cup by storm.

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However, there was a gulf in class even between Southgate's largely second string line-up and the Central Americans as England dominated.

His best chance came when Harry Maguire's flick-on wouldn't come down quickly enough, allowing Navas to rush off his line and smother the Leicester man's point-blank volley.

England had won the World Cup in 1966 on home soil, beating bitter rivals Germany 4-2 in the final, courtesy a hat-trick by Geoff Hurst and a controversial third goal awarded to the hosts by Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst.

England's rhythm was then stunted by five quickfire substitutions, including a debut for Burnley's Nick Pope in goal. But 45 minutes of Rashford at the top of his game is sometimes all a side like England will require and he was still able to play a part in Danny Welbeck's goal that secured victory late on.

With talisman Cristiano Ronaldo back in the side, Portugal strolled to a 3-0 win over Algeria in a World Cup warm-up match in Lisbon on Thursday.

South Korea was held to an unimpressive 0-0 draw against Bolivia while Iceland, the surprise packages of Euro 2016 who are looking to pull off more upsets in Russian Federation, drew 2-2 at home to Ghana after leading 2-0.

The precocious 20-year-old started just 17 Premier League matches for Manchester United last season. And it would nearly certainly mean no starting place for Raheem Sterling.

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