England will head to Russia on the back of two wins from their final two warm up matches after a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at Elland Road.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck were enough to beat the side that finished top of England’s last World Cup group in Brazil in 2014. Marcus Rashford gave England the lead with a stunning dipping effort before Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 on the 76th minute.
This result adds to the 2-1 win over Nigeria at Wembley last week meaning England go into the World Cup on the back winning both of their warm up games. Attention now turns to June 18th when England begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Tunisia.
It was a largely encouraging display by the three lions which may give Gareth Southgate some tough decisions to make when selecting his team for that opening match.
Gareth Southagte made ten changes to the side that beat Nigeria at Wembley with only John Stones keeping his place in the side. Jack Butland was given a chance in goal and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was given his debut at right-back.
England dominated the early stages and took the lead after 13 minutes when Rashford’s dipping effort flew past Navas in the Costa Rica goal. Jame Vardy nearly made it 2-0 but the Real Madrid stopper kept him out.
Butland was a by stander until the 27th minute when he was forced into action to claw away Johan Venegas 27th minute effort. That was the only thing that the keeper had to do as England ended the first half very much on top.
In the second half Harry Maguire was unfortunate to see his header cleared off the line before Jordan Henderson’s effort was saved by Navas. Butland was then called into action again to save Marco Urena’s deflected effort.
As the game drew to a close the tempo was reduced but England did find a second when Danny Welbeck headed in Dele Alli’s cross with 14 minutes remaining to seal another win for England who go into the World Cup in good form and leave Gareth Southgate with some tough decisions to make.
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