Marcus Rashford, Danny Rose make World Cup cases for England

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

Costa Rica's defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (L) vies with England's striker Marcus Rashford during the global friendly football match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds in northern England on June 7, 2018.

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.

The Manchester United forward, who travelled to Euro 2016 as an 18-year-old, goes to Russian Federation after a hard campaign under Jose Mourinho but, having been handed a starting role by England manager Gareth Southgate against the 2014 World Cup quarterfinalists, showcased his attributes.

A strong first 45 minutes but a less convincing second resulted in a 2-1 win for England against Nigeria on Saturday night. "That is epitomised by the three lads that have been with us on standby with their outstanding professional attitude".

Indeed, it was Rashford who opened the scoring just 13 minutes in when the Manchester United forward cracked a fiendish dipping effort over Keylor Navas from 25 yards out...

Those fears proved unfounded, though, as Gareth Southgate's side ran out 3-0 winners against Costa Rica thanks to a Marcus Rashford thunderbolt and a Danny Welbeck tap-in.

The Central American side will be looking to put another dampener on England's World Cup party before it has even begun.


England were in the ascendancy and Rashford was exciting the Yorkshire crowd with a number of flashy touches and silky skills.

England play their other World Cup group games against Panama on 24 June and Belgium on 28 June.

"There are definitely places up for grabs for the first game of the tournament", he said.

'You work on them [goals] in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward, ' said Rashford.

So here are five talking points from their final World Cup warm-up match... "When you are playing in tournaments, you are on the road, so it is good to play away from Wembley in that respect".

Jamie Vardy was denied by a flying Navas from point-blank range as England pressed their advantage, although Jack Butland made a good save to deny Johan Venegas after a rare Costa Rica break.

"Anything's possible so we have to go there with the highest expectations".

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