Global friendly match report England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

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Rashford scored with a lovely 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.

A pair of World Cup hopefuls meet in a friendly match as England hosts Costa Rica in soccer action from Elland Road in Leeds, England.

Rashford's "flip-flap" was among those moments of excitement and earned an eighth-minute corner from which Phil Jones sent a looping header that was tipped over by Costa Rica's star man Keylor Navas.

Following a hard season for several of the county's leading sides - with only Huddersfield Town flying the White Rose flag in the Premier League - the game will be a weclome fillip for the wider area, according to England manager Southgate.

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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.

While England's World Cup lineup has begun to take shape in Southgate's mind, he said there remained some openings for players who can make an impression.

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In other friendlies, Iceland beat Ghana 2-0 (Kari Arnason 6 and Alfreo Finnbogason 40) while South Korea and Bolivia played to a goalless draw.

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This is what England need, sending the team up and down the country, playing their home games in front of all members of their fanbase - not just those who live in London and tourists visiting - to bring excitement back into the national game.

"They are going to make errors, but by taking risks they show the glimpses of quality like Marcus's opening goal".

Starting in place of Kane on Thursday, Jamie Vardy did not have the best game to stake his claim for a place in Southgate's XI. It wasn't the first team versus Nigeria and a second team tonight: we have quality across the two line-ups. "If I was thinking I have no one to play in this position or in that position, it would be a very different situation".

"It's still early for him", he said. We know the talent he has.

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