Gareth Southgate faces up to 'difficult' England decisions

Lynette Rowe
June 10, 2018

The Rashford we saw for England on Thursday nearly looked like a completely different player to the unconfident, stressed Rashford we saw in Man United's FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

England's first World Cup match is at 7 pm on Monday 18 June against Tunisia.

Some observers suggested Ashley Young and Fabian Delph, who are both options for Southgate at left-back, were picked for their versatility, but Bertrand believes he is well suited to the system England use. He was excellent for England two years ago at the European Championships and bettors are getting behind him: he was backed in from 11/10 to 1/2 immediately after the Costa Rica game.

Marcus Rashford insisted England have the "highest expectations" going into the World Cup after comfortably winning their final warm-up game.

The Duke of Cambridge presents Alexander-Arnold with his shirt.

"He's still learning the game, really, which I know sounds freakish because he is now an England global, but he has so few league appearances that he is incredibly raw".

Everton, Newcastle United and Leicester City are interested in signing Marcus Rashford from Manchester United in the summer transfer window, according to The Daily Mail.

Despite that, his England dream wasn't dashed until after the Three Lions' final warmup against Costa Rica on Thursday, when manager Gareth Southgate told him and Tom Heaton they would no longer be consider should the team suffer a costly injury.

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FORMER York City keeper Nick Pope has expressed his "immense pride" at making his global debut - and believes the mood in the England camp is "great" following injury-free World Cup preparations.

There were ten changes from the 2-1 win over Nigeria on Saturday - John Stones the only survivor - as Southgate shuffled his pack with just 11 days to go until the big one.

And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere!

"He is a super exciting talent and, again, he is different to the other players that we have".

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

JORDAN HENDERSON is hoping his performance in Thursday's friendly win over Costa Rica helped cement his place in England's starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Tunisia.

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.

Costa Rica: Navas, Waston, Gonzalez, Calvo, Gamboa (Smith 71), Guzman (Tejeda 69), Borges, Oviedo (Matarrita 60), Venegas (Bolanos 60), Campbell, Urena.

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