England vs. Costa Rica - Football Match Report

Lynette Rowe
June 8, 2018

England can head off to the World Cup by beating Costa Rica and keeping a clean sheet in Thursday evening's friendly worldwide at Elland Road, says Dave Tindall.

The Leicester City striker had just seven touches in the first half, fewer than any other player on the pitch and was the first to be taken off for Danny Welbeck after 61 minutes. England had 73% possession but created very little.

However, it was another youngster in Rashford, 20, who caught the eye from the off.

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

A general view of Elland Road Stadium which will host England and Costa Rica on Thursday night.

Southgate has promised to start five of his Yorkshire-born contingent in Leeds - Delph, Vardy, Harry Maguire and Danny Rose are all likely to get their chance with one of Kyle Walker and John Stones holding their spot.

On Elland Road as the venue: "While Wembley was being built we had some fantastic opportunities to play elsewhere".

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to make his England debut in tomorrow's friendly against Costa Rica.

However, Real Madrid's Champions League-winning goalkeeper could only watch in wonderment in the 13th minute as the ball flew in.

Southgate said: "I don't think anybody gets to be a top player without having resilience and that is developed in different moments of your career".

"With the (England) teams I played in, the (Manchester) United group were exceptional, but outside of that it was only Tony Adams who started at Arsenal and was there all the way through".

But his desire to play with two attacking options in central midfield - roles filled by Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli in the weekend win over Nigeria - means one of his trusted lieutenants could miss out.

The Manchester United forward, who travelled to Euro 2016 as an 18-year-old, goes to Russian Federation after a hard campaign under Jose Mourinho but, having been handed a starting role by England manager Gareth Southgate against the 2014 World Cup quarterfinalists, showcased his attributes.

"I thought his link-up was good".

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