Gareth Southgate and Marcus Rashford react to Costa Rica win

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

Marcus Rashford played up front alongside Jamie Vardy, and the Manchester United youngster opened the scoring with a belting long-range effort on 13 minutes that left Keylor Navas flapping at thin air.

Harry Kane , Raheem Sterling and Dele Ali are among 15 substitutes for England that include Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana, the three players on the standby list for Russian Federation.

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

England beat Nigeria on Saturday 2-1 with Southgate trying out his three at the back formation, which Alexander-Arnold could be a vital part of in the right wingback role.

In both 2010 and 2014 England went to the World Cup unbeaten in their pre-tournament friendlies, only to wilt under the harsh glare of competition.

"The 23 are all ready to play, that is the most important thing". But R & R (Rashford and Ruben) could work well as a plan B for some tricky situations the Three Lions are bound to find themselves in in Russian Federation.

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It was just reward for a fine first-half performance but England lost some of their rhythm after the break, as Southgate made a number of changes, including handing goalkeeper Nick Pope his first taste of global football.

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.

England are now playing Costa Rica in their final warm-up match before the 2018 World Cup.

"And in the first half in particular, it was as well as I have seen him play for quite a long time, so we know his quality".

But it was Rashford's stunning strike which set England on course for a winning World Cup send-off as Southgate's much-changed side produced a controlled performance against Costa Rica. Navas may have enjoyed his clash with English opposition in the Champions League football but this was a different story!

Costa Rica are in a tough group against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup and while nobody would have expected them to win, even second place may be looking like a push at the moment.

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