Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Trent makes England debut in win against Costa Rica

Trent makes England debut in win against 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 admitted he tried to "play free" and enjoy his football in England's 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Rashford had a disappointing end to United's Premier League season, and Southgate felt he may have been trying too hard.

It was left to Danny Welbeck, who came off the bench to put the game to bed with a diving header past an on-rushing Navas following a cross-field delivery from Dele Alli.

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England, whose manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes from the side which beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, dominated possession against a mostly unadventurous Costa Rica but created few clear chances.

If Pope gets on, and with Trent Alexander-Arnold set also certain to feature tonight, England will head into the World Cup with no uncapped players in their squad.

The 20-year-old was a part of the side that disappointed at the 2016 European Championship and he hopes the pain of that tournament will inspire England at the World Cup.

Rashford scored with a handsome long-range shot to set England on their way to their second victory this week as they prepare for the Group G clash with Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

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"He's a Man United player so he got booed at the start but cheered off at the end so that tells you about his performance, so we're really pleased for him".

Jordan Pickford is set to start the World Cup after he was given the number one shirt but Butland will have a final opportunity to stake his claim in the worldwide at Elland Road. I feel like we're in good physical form.

The Three Lions have been warming up for the World Cup in Russian Federation with some friendly fixtures and the youngster didn't take long to score for his nation.

"Anything is possible. We have to go with the highest expectations".

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