Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Rashford shines as England cruises past Costa Rica

Rashford shines as England cruises past Costa Rica

"I mean, it's only five or six years since we stopped playing little kids on full-sized pitches with big goals, which beggars belief".

But that's because against Costa Rica, the likes of Rashford and Loftus-Cheek were afforded time on the ball to work their magic, meaning a player of Vardy's special skill set was not truly needed.

The manager was encouraged to hear Dele Alli and others publicly state their belief that England are capable of reaching the final in Moscow against the odds - and even winning it.

The match was the last for both teams before their World Cup openers, England facing Tunisia on June 18 and Costa Rica meeting Serbia the day before.

Rashford scored on his Manchester United debut, Europa League debut, Premier League debut, Manchester derby debut, England U21 debut, England first-team debut and League Cup debut.

That makes him the top scorer in Gareth Southgate's World Cup-bound squad - three ahead of Harry Kane - and within one goal of matching Beckham's career tally.

"It's more hard, no question". "There are some serious decisions to take, but in a really good way".

The Rashford we saw for England on Thursday nearly looked like a completely different player to the unconfident, stressed Rashford we saw in Man United's FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

We were reminded of that once again on Thursday night as England played their final World Cup warm-up game on home soil.

However, it was another youngster in Rashford, 20, who caught the eye from the off.

Southgate could also be looking for stability in midfield and Henderson will be a prime contender for a place alongside Eric Dier. Therefore the only realistic replacement is Sterling. "Then it is up to the manager to decide who is in the best XI for the first game and then for the games after that".

"It's how you learn from it and how you stand up and react afterwards". That has helped break down some of the barriers that were apparent in the build-up to previous tournaments, with England's performances on the field providing further cause for optimism. But three players in particular might have played unexpectedly their way into Southgate's starting eleven. By taking risks they show the glimpses of quality like Marcus's opening goal. "Today he had that exuberance and was teasing defenders". Whether that damages his hopes of a starting berth remains to be seen, especially given how superbly the former attacking midfielder has performed for Manchester United.

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