England 2 v Costa Rica 0 – story of the match

Marcus Rashford’s stunning strike set England on course for a winning World Cup send-off as Gareth Southgate’s much-changed side produced a controlled performance against Costa Rica.

Just 11 days before their Group G opener against Tunisia, Thursday’s sold-out Elland Road friendly was the last chance for the Three Lions to fine-tune before departing for Russia.

Southgate made widespread alterations in a bid to test his options and for the most part was rewarded with an encouraging display, with Rashford superbly opening the scoring before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure a 2-0 win against underwhelming Costa Rica.

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Star man – Rashford

The Manchester United forward capped a fine display for England with a stunning goal to give England a first-half lead. He was a constant threat with the ball at his feet and, revelling in a freedom not afforded him by club manager Jose Mourinho, always wanted to be in the thick of the action, running at defenders.

Moment of the match

Rashford turned neatly 10 yards outside the penalty area on the right and unleashed a dipping, raking drive, which caught out Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas and flew into the top corner. It was a spectacular way for the 20-year-old to register his third goal for England.

Player ratings

England: Jack Butland 6 (out of 10), Phil Jones 6, John Stones 6, Harry Maguire 7, Trent Alexander-Arnold 6, Danny Rose 7, Jordan Henderson 7, Fabian Delph 7, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 8, Marcus Rashford 8, Jamie Vardy 6. Substitutes: Danny Welbeck (for Vardy, 61) 7, Nick Pope (for Butland, 65) 6, Dele Alli (for Henderson, 64) 7, Kieran Trippier (for Alexander-Arnold, 64) 6, Gary Cahill (for Stones, 65) 6, Jesse Lingard (for Loftus-Cheek, 79) 6.

Who’s up next?

England v Tunisia, World Cup Group G, June 18

Belgium v Costa Rica, friendly, June 11

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