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Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Steven Gerrard’s first experience of league football as a manager looks a tasty prospect – a visit to last season’s Scottish runners-up, Aberdeen, at Pittodrie, a ground where the atmosphere always has an edge when the Ibrox side visit. Nor will Gerrard have much time to find his feet before the opening Old Firm collision of the season brings him up against his former Liverpool mentor, Brendan Rodgers, when Celtic host their arch-foes on either September 1 or 2. Celtic, meanwhile, open their season with a home fixture against newly-promoted Livingston, who last visited Celtic Park in the league on Boxing Day 2005 when Shaun Maloney and Shunsuke Nakamura scored to give Celtic a 2-1 win. The Hoops have already been rated as overwhelming favourites to take their championship run to eight successive titles, with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes pricing Rodgers’ side at 1/10, with Rangers a distant 7/1 to break the sequence. Aberdeen come in at 18/1 with Neil Lennon’s Hibernian – who surprised last season by following promotion from the Championship with a fourth-place finish – well out at 80/1, although Easter Road partisans will be gratified that Hearts are even more remote at 100/1. Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Macdonald, said: “The arrival of Steven Gerrard at Ibrox has certainly given Rangers fans some hope that Celtic's dominance will soon come to an end, but early betting suggests that Brendan Rodgers success will run into next season.” Celtic made history last season with a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours and are priced at 7/2 for an historic treble-treble, with Rangers 250/1 to lift all three trophies. Meanwhile, Club 1872, the Rangers fans’ shareholding group confirmed that it would invest £1 million in the forthcoming stock issue, which is intended to fund Gerrard’s reconstruction of the playing squad. The announcement came a year after Club 1872 paid £1 million to buy the shares of Mike Ashley’s MASH Holdings. Club 1872 Director Laura Fawkes said: “A huge thank you to all our members for their regular donations and those in our membership and the wider support who made one-off donations towards our share issue campaign. These funds will not only put more shares into the hands of Rangers supporters but will go directly into the club to assist with the rebuilding process now underway under Steven Gerrard. “For Club 1872 to raise this level of funding purely through donations from around 7500 Rangers supporters shows the huge potential of the organisation. What we can achieve together will be determined solely by how many supporters take part. “When we look at the number of supporters involved, we have only scratched the surface of the contribution that we can make to Rangers. We hope that investment into the club on this scale will show the thousands of supporters out there who have not yet joined us, that there are huge benefits of doing so.” “Club 1872 is still a young organisation and we are learning all the time but there is no question that if our support acts together we can be a formidable force, not only in pushing our football club back to where it belongs but also in making sure that the damaging events of the past can never be repeated.” Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are the team to beat Credit: pa So far, Gerrard has secured six players – Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson – and met his squad for the first time on Friday morning at the club’s Auchenhowie base, which has also been the subject of an income-generating deal and is now named the Hummel Training Centre after their new kit manufacturer. Rangers have not been alone in making plans for the next campaign. Celtic have secured Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old PSG striker who spent last season on loan to the Scottish champions, for a club record transfer purchase fee, believed to be in the region of £9 million. Edouard, who scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, said: “Now that I’m back here I want to continue learning from both the manager and my team-mates as well. “There wasn’t a particular moment that I knew I wanted to stay. As soon as I came on board I wanted to impress enough to try and stay at Celtic. I was working closely with the manager on a project and I want to finish what I had started with the manager because I feel I am improving as a player. “It feels amazing to have finally signed. I’m very happy to be here. It was my number one objective to come back to the club. Now that I’m here, I’m going to focus on enjoying my time here, learning a lot from the coach and my team mates and just really try to enjoy my time here at this club. “The day we won the league against Rangers at Celtic Park has been one of the highlights of my time here at Celtic so far. At the beginning, it was a bit hard because I was adapting to a new country, a new club and new team-mates. “I needed time to settle down. Once I did that I started to score and really started enjoying my time here.” Hibs have also kept the services of a loan striker, Florian Kamberi, who became a favourite with the Easter Road faithful when he arrived from Grasshopper Zurich in January and scored nine goals in 14 outings. Kamberi was secured for £100,000, because of a purchase option open to Hibs and negotiated at the start of his loan period, despite interest in him from clubs – including Sunderland – evidently willing to pay £1 million or more.
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
Scottish Premiership fixtures 2018/19: Steven Gerrard's Rangers start with tricky trip to Aberdeen
New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will travel to Aberdeen on the first weekend of the 2018-19 Scottish Premiership season.
Gerrard handed tough start with Rangers
New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will travel to Aberdeen on the first weekend of the 2018-19 Scottish Premiership season.
Aston Villa are facing further turmoil after former chief executive Keith Wyness launched legal action against the Championship club. Telegraph Sport understands Wyness is suing Villa for constructive dismissal in a court case which could cost the club up to £6million, with the West Midlanders under huge pressure with their finances. It is understood that Wyness has officially left the club, following his initial suspension on Tuesday, and has also terminated his directorship as a member of the board. And now the 60-year-old is taking action against Villa in a claim which will only increase the growing sense of crisis under club owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia. It is also understood there may be legal action taken against two members of staff, chief commercial offer Luke Organ and executive assistant Rongtian He. The reasons are as yet unknown. Both cases could go to a tribunal, sources claim. A former Everton and Aberdeen chief executive, Wyness was recruited by Xia when the £76m takeover was completed in June 2016. Working closely with manager Steve Bruce and Steve Round, the technical director, Wyness was seen as a key member of Villa’s staff with Xia spending most of his time in China. Chairman Dr Tony Xia (R) and Aston Villa face an uncertain future Credit: Getty Images But the pair clashed last week over Villa’s financial crisis, after Wyness sought advice from insolvency experts over the prospect of administration following the club’s failure to win promotion. Late last week Xia secured the cash required to pay an overdue tax bill and stave off the threat of a winding-up order from HMRC. Yet Wyness’s action will only deepen the gloom for the Chinese businessman, who is coming under pressure from some fans to sell up. Villa are due to hold a meeting in the next 24 hours, where next season’s budget and strategy for the summer will be discussed. Xia and Bruce will not be present, but the summit will include Round, Organ and He. Villa are under pressure to slash their wage bill by up a third, cutting it down from £45m to £30m, to fall in line with Financial Fair Play rules. This month’s pay roll bill of £4.5m, comprising tax and wages, is also due on or around June 22 and Xia must pay that or face the prospect of another winding-up order.
Exclusive: Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness suing club for constructive dismissal
Aston Villa are facing further turmoil after former chief executive Keith Wyness launched legal action against the Championship club. Telegraph Sport understands Wyness is suing Villa for constructive dismissal in a court case which could cost the club up to £6million, with the West Midlanders under huge pressure with their finances. It is understood that Wyness has officially left the club, following his initial suspension on Tuesday, and has also terminated his directorship as a member of the board. And now the 60-year-old is taking action against Villa in a claim which will only increase the growing sense of crisis under club owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia. It is also understood there may be legal action taken against two members of staff, chief commercial offer Luke Organ and executive assistant Rongtian He. The reasons are as yet unknown. Both cases could go to a tribunal, sources claim. A former Everton and Aberdeen chief executive, Wyness was recruited by Xia when the £76m takeover was completed in June 2016. Working closely with manager Steve Bruce and Steve Round, the technical director, Wyness was seen as a key member of Villa’s staff with Xia spending most of his time in China. Chairman Dr Tony Xia (R) and Aston Villa face an uncertain future Credit: Getty Images But the pair clashed last week over Villa’s financial crisis, after Wyness sought advice from insolvency experts over the prospect of administration following the club’s failure to win promotion. Late last week Xia secured the cash required to pay an overdue tax bill and stave off the threat of a winding-up order from HMRC. Yet Wyness’s action will only deepen the gloom for the Chinese businessman, who is coming under pressure from some fans to sell up. Villa are due to hold a meeting in the next 24 hours, where next season’s budget and strategy for the summer will be discussed. Xia and Bruce will not be present, but the summit will include Round, Organ and He. Villa are under pressure to slash their wage bill by up a third, cutting it down from £45m to £30m, to fall in line with Financial Fair Play rules. This month’s pay roll bill of £4.5m, comprising tax and wages, is also due on or around June 22 and Xia must pay that or face the prospect of another winding-up order.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
Result: England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 To Russia with love. England took their final World Cup warm-up game on the road and got the strongest of send-offs - both on and off the pitch. In the stands at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium there were throwback songs to Euro 96 and “Football Coming Home”, a raucous party atmosphere and even pantomime boos for the host of Manchester United players on show. This was Leeds, after all. It was confirmation that England away from the up-for-sale Wembley might well be a very good idea. One of those United players, Marcus Rashford, then went on to produce such a scintillating performance against fellow World Cup contestants Costa Rica that he made a powerful case for forcing his way into the starting line-up when England’s campaign begins a week on Monday against Tunisia in the heat of Volgograd. It is assumed that Raheem Sterling will be tasked to be the forward player working closest to Harry Kane, but Rashford scored a superb goal and contributed to the second, claimed by substitute Danny Welbeck, in a relentless performance. There is, finally, healthy competition. That was Welbeck’s eighth goal in 12 appearances for England and he confirmed his worth in the squad, a threat from the bench, while there were positives just about everywhere for Gareth Southgate. The manager knows the real work is about to begin, the real pressure is about to kick in, but England at least have the semblance of a team with a structure, with a belief and with depth. And, and this is all too rare, they appear to be enjoying it. The shackles were off. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? Not least Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played with a creative elegance and assurance and departed having completed every one of the 34 passes he attempted. Considering how high up the pitch the midfielder plays that was an impressive achievement for the 22 year-old. There was more. If Southgate’s 10 changes from last weekend’s win over Nigeria suggested that this selection amounted to the equivalent of the British Lions’ midweek ‘dirt-trackers’, then claims were pushed for more than that. Danny Rose, on his return to Leeds, where his career started, and after that he made his courageous revelations over his mental health issues, was hugely impressive at left-back and will certainly challenge Ashley Young. Inside him Harry Maguire did well and – importantly – provides a serious attacking threat from set-pieces as shown when he set up a chance for Jamie Vardy and saw another header hacked off the line after beating goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Denied on the line!@HarryMaguire93 came this close to scoring his first goal in @England colours#ENGCRCpic.twitter.com/79K09m3Ogj— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 7, 2018 In truth it was not Vardy’s night, not against a team that dropped so deep, that lacked ambition and denied space, and prevented him from running in behind. When the striker was replaced by Welbeck he appeared understandably frustrated. There was more liberation behind him with Fabian Delph also doing well, and showing his versatility, as he slotted into two midfield positions, while 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold will be pleased with his debut as will goalkeeper Nick Pope. He replaced Jack Butland for his first appearance and then confidently dealt with a dangerous near-post half-volley. So Southgate has his 3-5-2 formation and he has players contesting places. Another was Jordan Henderson who will know it is between him and Eric Dier for a starting place in that opening game. He, too, responded, as did Dele Alli who came on as a substitute – not a role he enjoys, and one he has been distracted by in the past – but made an impact, not least in dinking the cross from which Welbeck scored. Costa Rica are ranked 23rd in the world and go to Russia for a daunting round of Group E fixtures against Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. Their squad is peppered with Premier League past performers – and Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas – while the post-match inquest centered on the lack of minutes for their best player - former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, who is not fully fit. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage They lacked ambition here. That can colour performances and perceptions but England need to brush past that as Costa Rica have proved themselves obdurate opponents in the past but were breached by a moment of brilliance by Rashford. It involved Loftus-Cheek, who played the ball into the 20 year-old. Costa Rica stood off, with defender Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way, and that allowed Rashford the time and space to strike a 25-yard shot that had the dip and power to leave Navas rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed. “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was. “Wonderful, wonderful strike,” Southgate later said. “World-class.” It was. Navas tipped a Phil Jones header over the crossbar and did well to smother Vardy’s close-range effort before Costa Rica finally threatened as Butland did well to push away a rising cross-shot by Johan Venegas. England fans at Elland Road were in good voice Credit: getty images England had a swagger. It did not feel a burden, going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury. The shape worked well, the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete. The criticism? With up to 70 per cent possession they had just one goal and that did not change – despite a pile-driver from Henderson, beaten away by Navas – until they re-calibrated with a quadruple substitution. Two of those changes - Alli and Welbeck, plus Rashford - were involved. The goal came as Rashford played the ball into the penalty area for Alli who found Welbeck, diving forward for his header to fly in off the post. That party atmosphere continued. “Booed in, applauded off,” Southgate later said with approval of the occasion and Rashford’s performance in particular. It felt like a good night. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 England will fly to Russia for the World Cup with Marcus Rashford’s chances of claiming a starting place when they open their campaign against Tunisia on a week on Monday having soared. It was a strong send-off to the tournament for the Three Lions as they took their final game on the road. If the purpose of warm-up fixtures such as this, a comfortable victory over a disappointing Costa Rica, albeit one which has also impressively made it to Russia, is to confirm ideas and formations but also for players to press their claims then it was another very, very good night for Gareth Southgate. The England manager saw Rashford score one outstanding goal and help create the second and there were other deeply encouraging performances – and not least from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another richly talented youngster who boasted a 100 per cent pass completion rate. Raheem Sterling has competition from Rashford to be the player working in attack with Harry Kane and there is no bad thing in that. The worry, as ever with England, was a lack of ruthlessness but there was never any danger that they would not confirm a second successive win before departing for St Petersburg next Tuesday. And, again, they appeared to enjoy it. Long may that last. A carnival atmosphere in Leeds, yes, with “Football’s Coming Home” ringing around at kick off but tribal also as the names of the Manchester United players in the England team being booed as the line-ups were read out. Club allegiances were not forgotten. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? One of those United players, though, was soon being cheered and raucously so as Rashford scored. And scored a superb opening goal. Okay the Costa Rican defence, so renowned for his organisation, stood off with Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way but still the dip and power the forward gave his 25-yard shot meant that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was left rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed as the ball arrowed over him. Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was with the way Rashford had despatched Loftus-Cheek’s short pass to him. That lifted the occasion even more. Navas had already tipped a looping header from another United player, Phil Jones, over the cross-bar and then Jamie Vardy was unfortunate as the ball would not come under his control quickly enough from a Harry Maguire header and the goalkeeper was able to smother from close-range. Those names showed that, as expected, England contained wholesale changes with just John Stones – maybe in need of more game-time, maybe needing to convince Southgate further? – retained from the selection that faced Nigeria at Wembley last Saturday. That also meant a debut for 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold. Credit: REUTERS Whether so many changes was to give the players one last opportunity to stake their claim or whether this line-up was the football equivalent of the British Lion ‘dirt-trackers’ remained to be seen. But Rashford had already made his statement and there was intent every time he gained possession against the Costa Ricans, ranked 23rdin the world, who will also be in Russia in Group E – along with Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. On this performance their prospects were looking bleak although Johan Venegas suddenly threatened with a rising cross-shot from the left flank that Jack Butland did well to push away for a corner. The goalkeeper, vying with Jordan Pickford, made it look easier than it was. England had a swagger. The ball was being fizzed around with Danny Rose and Fabian Delph – on their return to their native Yorkshire - impressing down the left flank and Alexander-Arnold and Loftus-Cheek doing well down the right and with Rashford continuing to show the greatest threat and, therefore, push his case the hardest. Credit: REUTERS They actually seemed to be enjoying it. It did not feel a burden; going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury before heading to Russia. The shape worked well; the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete as they departed at half-time. Would England press on? The only concern was that they had claimed 70 per cent possession, dominated but had scored only one goal. In fairness they were up against a team lacking ambition, defending deep – with a back-three becoming a back-five all too often – and looking to limit damage which is what Navas did as he pushed a way a pile-driver from Jordan Henderson for a corner. It was again met by Maguire – his aerial threat was a feature of the contest – with a powerful downward header that beat Navas but was hacked off the line by Bryan Oviedo. It was a frustrating evening, amid the positivity, for Vardy. It is hard for him when there is so little space to run in behind – he needs to be used against better opposition, in fact – and so it was little surprise that he was the first to be replaced. On came Danny Welbeck and Vardy knew it was a tricky night. Southgate quickly ran through more changes with an unprecedented quadruple substitution which meant a debut in goal for Nick Pope and, interestingly, Delph pushed back into the holding midfield role as Henderson was also replaced. Credit: REUTERS It showed, again, Delph’s versatility and inevitably the changes affected the flow. Not that England had pressed their advantage. As the game drifted it appeared the scoreline but Welbeck intervened as he threw himself to head in Dele Alli’s dinked cross, from Rashford’s pass, to send the ball into the net off the post. It was Welbeck’s eighth goal in his last 12 games for England. He, too, gave Southgate further food for thought and certainly appears a strong option off the bench. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.
Marcus Rashford stunner gives Gareth Southgate food for thought as England impress in final World Cup warm-up match
England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 England will fly to Russia for the World Cup with Marcus Rashford’s chances of claiming a starting place when they open their campaign against Tunisia on a week on Monday having soared. It was a strong send-off to the tournament for the Three Lions as they took their final game on the road. If the purpose of warm-up fixtures such as this, a comfortable victory over a disappointing Costa Rica, albeit one which has also impressively made it to Russia, is to confirm ideas and formations but also for players to press their claims then it was another very, very good night for Gareth Southgate. The England manager saw Rashford score one outstanding goal and help create the second and there were other deeply encouraging performances – and not least from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another richly talented youngster who boasted a 100 per cent pass completion rate. Raheem Sterling has competition from Rashford to be the player working in attack with Harry Kane and there is no bad thing in that. The worry, as ever with England, was a lack of ruthlessness but there was never any danger that they would not confirm a second successive win before departing for St Petersburg next Tuesday. And, again, they appeared to enjoy it. Long may that last. A carnival atmosphere in Leeds, yes, with “Football’s Coming Home” ringing around at kick off but tribal also as the names of the Manchester United players in the England team being booed as the line-ups were read out. Club allegiances were not forgotten. Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? One of those United players, though, was soon being cheered and raucously so as Rashford scored. And scored a superb opening goal. Okay the Costa Rican defence, so renowned for his organisation, stood off with Francisco Calvo stepping the wrong way but still the dip and power the forward gave his 25-yard shot meant that Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was left rooted, beaten and a little embarrassed as the ball arrowed over him. Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 “Wow,” England assistant manager Steve Holland was seen to mouth on the touchline alongside Southgate – with an expletive thrown-in to show how impressed he was with the way Rashford had despatched Loftus-Cheek’s short pass to him. That lifted the occasion even more. Navas had already tipped a looping header from another United player, Phil Jones, over the cross-bar and then Jamie Vardy was unfortunate as the ball would not come under his control quickly enough from a Harry Maguire header and the goalkeeper was able to smother from close-range. Those names showed that, as expected, England contained wholesale changes with just John Stones – maybe in need of more game-time, maybe needing to convince Southgate further? – retained from the selection that faced Nigeria at Wembley last Saturday. That also meant a debut for 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold. Credit: REUTERS Whether so many changes was to give the players one last opportunity to stake their claim or whether this line-up was the football equivalent of the British Lion ‘dirt-trackers’ remained to be seen. But Rashford had already made his statement and there was intent every time he gained possession against the Costa Ricans, ranked 23rdin the world, who will also be in Russia in Group E – along with Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. On this performance their prospects were looking bleak although Johan Venegas suddenly threatened with a rising cross-shot from the left flank that Jack Butland did well to push away for a corner. The goalkeeper, vying with Jordan Pickford, made it look easier than it was. England had a swagger. The ball was being fizzed around with Danny Rose and Fabian Delph – on their return to their native Yorkshire - impressing down the left flank and Alexander-Arnold and Loftus-Cheek doing well down the right and with Rashford continuing to show the greatest threat and, therefore, push his case the hardest. Credit: REUTERS They actually seemed to be enjoying it. It did not feel a burden; going through the motions or even an exercise in trying to avoid injury before heading to Russia. The shape worked well; the personnel worked hard and their grip on the game was complete as they departed at half-time. Would England press on? The only concern was that they had claimed 70 per cent possession, dominated but had scored only one goal. In fairness they were up against a team lacking ambition, defending deep – with a back-three becoming a back-five all too often – and looking to limit damage which is what Navas did as he pushed a way a pile-driver from Jordan Henderson for a corner. It was again met by Maguire – his aerial threat was a feature of the contest – with a powerful downward header that beat Navas but was hacked off the line by Bryan Oviedo. It was a frustrating evening, amid the positivity, for Vardy. It is hard for him when there is so little space to run in behind – he needs to be used against better opposition, in fact – and so it was little surprise that he was the first to be replaced. On came Danny Welbeck and Vardy knew it was a tricky night. Southgate quickly ran through more changes with an unprecedented quadruple substitution which meant a debut in goal for Nick Pope and, interestingly, Delph pushed back into the holding midfield role as Henderson was also replaced. Credit: REUTERS It showed, again, Delph’s versatility and inevitably the changes affected the flow. Not that England had pressed their advantage. As the game drifted it appeared the scoreline but Welbeck intervened as he threw himself to head in Dele Alli’s dinked cross, from Rashford’s pass, to send the ball into the net off the post. It was Welbeck’s eighth goal in his last 12 games for England. He, too, gave Southgate further food for thought and certainly appears a strong option off the bench. 10:12PM Southgate on Marcus Rashford "What pleased me most is he enjoyed his football and played with real swagger. He's a Manchester United player at Elland Road and he got booed at the start and cheered at the end. That tells you everything. "We've got great competition for places, we saw that tonight. We worked hard tonight. "He had a difficult end to the season and having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's young, still filling out, he was teasing defenders at night and that was pleasing to see. "If it's complicated it's in a good way. We know certain decisions to make, we need options, we've got players who change matches and help shut one down." Do you know your team? "Um. I might sleep on it." 10:06PM Matt Law's player ratings Who stood tall and who wilted in World Cup warm-up win against Costa Rica at Elland Road? 9:59PM Marcus Rashford says this was his best game in and England shirt "I tried to play free, and enjoy myself. I need to get in the box more, there's something to learn from each game. "It means a lot, just the selection, hopefully going there and playing a major part, if everyone goes with that mentality we've got a good chance." 9:51PM FULL TIME This has been an efficient, impressive and entertaining performance by England tonight - they actually look quite good. Just don't get your hopes up - it's been the ruin of many a star player. The World Cup beckons! See you then! 9:51PM 90 mins +3 ENG 2 CRC 0 The game's finished now but everyone still wants to play with the ball. 9:48PM 90 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Rashford has won Man of the Match, which is appropriate. Could also have been Delph or Loftus-Cheek. "It's a nice headache for Gareth Southgate", says Glenn Hoddle. 9:46PM 87 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Costa Rica have the ball in England's half and are looking for a way through but England drop deep and deny them space. Campbell forces something to happen though and Pope has to save at his near post from a strong shot fired at a tight angle. 9:43PM 85 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 England have just put together a beautiful, Man City-style one touch pass and move attack that starts from defence and ends with Jones nearly scoring. It's so nice to watch. Delph has been excellent in the six role since moving there just FYI. 9:41PM 83 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 ITV cameras have picked up a wee conversation between Welbeck and Alli where the former asks the latter if he meant to cross it or if it was a shot. Alli claims he meant the assist. Welbeck laughs. 9:39PM 81 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Credit: PA I like how without context, this photograph makes absolutely no sense. 9:38PM 80 mins ENG 2 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek off, Lingard on. The Elland Road fans are singing football's coming home again. 9:35PM GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! That's really, really, really good. England 2 (Rashford 13', Welbeck 76') Costa Rica 0 Alli leads the attack, dribbles with it, links with Rashford and then bends a shot/cross towards the back post and Welbeck reads it, throwing himself at the ball. He connects and heads past the goalkeeper. Great play. 9:34PM 76 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Trippier crosses from the right, it comes off a head and sits up... Rose waits for the ball to drop so he can volley it... but mis-kicks and it's wide. 9:33PM 74 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Delph shakes the close attentions of a marker on the edge of his own box, twisting and turning until his teammates have taken a position he can pass to them in. He may actually be a decent shout for first choice number six. 9:30PM 72 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Costa Rica bring on some "fresh blood", according to Clive Tyldesley, who is channeling the spirit of the old ISS 64 commentator. 9:28PM 70 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has been so impressive. He's dead smart with possession, draws fouls, shields the ball, skips away with it, calm. He's won a free-kick 25 yards out in the centre. This is perfect for a knuckle ball hit or a Beckham special. Trippier lines it up. He steps up... and bends it over the wall but harmlessly wide. 9:25PM 67 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Nick Pope is on! A debut for the goalkeeper. Delph has gone into the number six role as Henderson is replaced by Alli. Costa Rica are growing into this game now. 9:23PM 65 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is a perfect example of England getting complacent. Henderson should be in the centre-circle, Rose should be left. Because they aren't, England cannot play out from the back and are easily pushed back to the goalkeeper. It's only a friendly so perhaps we can forgive it. 9:22PM 64 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Welbeck is on for England, replacing Vardy upfront. And now Cahill, Alli and Trippier are on. 9:19PM 62 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have loosened their grip of this one a little bit. A few of the players have forgotten their strict instructions to keep the ball and some poor passes and decisions with the ball have given Costa Rica some more time to keep possession. Trippier's getting warmed up on the touchline. Stones has given the ball away with a poor pass. 9:17PM 59 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Credit: REUTERS Henderson has a clumsy touch from a loose ball and gives possession away in the middle of the pitch. Costa Rica attack quickly but Gamboa's shot from distance rises over the bar. 9:15PM 57 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 MAGUIRE! He's missed a free header! The corner comes in, Maguire meets it and Oviedo clears off the line. 9:14PM 55 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Butland comes off his line to act as a sweeper, plays it short, England keep possession. Henderson plays a superb long pass into Vardy's path, then finds him again with a smart quick forward pass into the area... and then launches a rocket shot at goal from 20 yards which Navas has to flap at. The ball was smashed straight at him and he had to just get rid. 9:12PM 53 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 This is what Henderson's done really well tonight, holding a position just slightly ahead of the defensive line to make sure there's a defensive pyramid. He's played a couple of threatening forward passes but nothing's really come off just yet and Southgate's worry might be that Henderson has also roamed forward a couple of times when he probably shouldn't have. 9:09PM 51 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England's back three are staying really patient, choosing their passes carefully and staying calm under pressure. It's nice. 9:06PM 48 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Loftus-Cheek has this really clever ability to draw players into trying to tackle him when they have no actual chance of doing so. He's strong and pretty tall so they end up just bouncing off him, and he nips off, shields the ball and keeps play going. Well, he would have done there but an accidental touch has given Costa Rica a throw. Costa Rica have come out with a higher tempo in this half. England are looking for Vardy with balls into the channels. 9:03PM KICK OFF 2 And we're back! Costa Rica get the second half started. 9:00PM What'll happen now I'd imagine Southgate will wait until about 60 minutes to make changes and when he does it'll be to see if Kane makes a difference next to Rashford. On this form, Rashford might be working his way into the starting position that Sterling may have assumed was his. 8:50PM Lofuts-Cheek completed 100 per cent of his passes They weren't all in easy situations either. Told you he was playing well! 8:47PM HALF TIME That was superb from England. Yes, it's Costa Rica, but the movement off the ball and confidence with it has been nothing like an England performance. I'd like to see more of Delph, Loftus-Cheek and Rashford in the second half. Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:46PM 45 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire isn't having a good game. He's made a few mistakes already and a lost pass now almost gives Costa Rica a chance to get a striker in behind. Butland has to come out of his box to deal with it and is caught by a late slide tackle, winning a free-kick. 8:44PM 43 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford is electric to watch tonight. I'm pretty sure he's going through all the five star skill moves from FIFA. 8:43PM 41 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Maguire is caught out of position by Campbell, who comes onto his left foot and chips a harmless effort wide of the far post. Costa Rica broke the high press of England without giving possession away for about the first time all game there. 8:40PM 39 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 The ball goes all the way back to Butland, he comes off his line quickly and picks Delph out with a chipped pass. Delph goes back, takes up a left wing position and Rose moves inside the pitch. Rashford does a bit too much with the ball and runs into traffic. 8:38PM 37 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross again and Gonzalez stretches to touch it behind for a corner. It goes all the way out to Rashford on the left, who skins Gamboa with a change of pace and drop of the shoulder. 8:36PM 35 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Alexander-Arnold finds Rose with a lovely switched pass, Rose wins a free-kick. Costa Rica can't even get near the ball at the moment. 8:34PM 33 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Stones is closed down by two strikers, is the last man.. and this could be interesting. He waits, waits... and plays a cool pass forward between them both. England work the ball to the final third - great play. Rashford is the best player on the pitch. He takes his time before chipping a beautiful high ball into space on the left, then nearly dribbles past a centre-back in the box. When he's full of confidence like this it's easy to remember how exciting Rashford was when he first broke into the first team at Man Utd. Mourinho's not getting an awful lot out of him! Credit: GETTY IMAGES 8:31PM 31 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a free-kick wide right, Delph stands over it. It's hooked to the back post again... and Navas is "fouled". England deploy the high press, Rashford works harder than the rest and Costa Rica have to clear it. England win possession again. Superb defending from the front by Southgate's team. 8:30PM 29 mins An ex-professional goalkeeper's take on Navas' positioning on Rashford's goal. If it’s a volley he’d obviously be a bit deeper. Still looks a little too advanced for me. pic.twitter.com/h4SsAF7TDo— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 7, 2018 He played for Aberdeen so you know it's good information. 8:28PM 28 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England press high from Costa Rica's goal kick and make them work hard to play out from the back. Stones is out of position for some reason... and spots the striker in space, Maguire panics to get across, and then a shot from the edge of the box is well saved by Butland. England went to sleep there. So far we've seen the brilliant individual quality of England, and the predictable 'dropping of the guard'. 8:26PM 25 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Phil Jones gets forward to a right wing position (seriously) and makes Navas do some physics in his head with a whipped cross. The ball is hit forward by the goalkeeper... and England have it back. 8:25PM 23 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Honestly, Delph is brilliant here. He's everywhere, linking everything in the middle of the pitch. Henderson has just booted the ball off a young person in the crowd and goes over to say sorry. 8:22PM 20 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Now, England's usual problem in games like this is that once they're 1-0 up they drop the intensity levels and don't go for the kill. Great teams want to score as many as possible, England have a tendency to do just enough. Rashford is having fun tonight, Costa Rica do not like him. He's just completely binned another defender with a trick... and there's a chance now! The ball drops to Vardy in the six yard box... but doesn't fall out the sky quickly enough and Navas has time to get off his line and block. 8:19PM 18 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 England have a promising attack building, with Loftus-Cheek leading the way. The ball drops from the air, he wins the duel and two Costa Rica players fall to the ground rolling around so the referee gives a free-kick. [groans] Rose goes past his man with a clever shoulder drop but can't get a cross into the area. All England at the moment. 8:16PM 16 mins ENG 1 CRC 0 Rashford, like Loftus-Cheek and Delph, has been superb so far but that hit... I mean what a strike that was. That's what you need when you're playing against a team who wants to defend all game long. Panama and Tunisia are the kinds of sides that Rashford can open up with strikes from long range. 8:15PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! WOW. Wowowowowowowowow. England 1 (Rashford 13') Costa Rica 0 Take a bow, @MarcusRashford. ��#threelionspic.twitter.com/wEulei0Spi— England (@England) June 7, 2018 Loftus-Cheek turns quickly, fires a smart pass forward and Rashford turns, and with his second touch absolutely launches a dipping, powerful strike from 25 yards straight over the goalkeeper. That is phenomenal. 8:13PM 12 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 England are keeping their shape well, pressing high and controlling possession in Costa Rica's half. I can see Delph working his way into the starting XI too - his movement off the ball is fantastic. He's constantly looking to offer a passing option and has now just swapped with Rose to get him further up the pitch. 8:09PM 9 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Rashford has just pulled off a perfect flip-flap trick on the left wing, skinning the full-back and getting a massive roar of appreciation for it. Love those. Like Ronaldinho in full flight. England win a corner... and then another corner from a Jones header. 8:08PM 8 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Delph hooks a free-kick towards the back post, Maguire jumps... but holds his forearm out and "fouls" Navas in the six-yard box. England look decent here. 8:07PM 6 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 That's superb. Rashford takes the ball out on the right, skips past a tackle and goes to collect a one-two. He gets it back, lays the ball to Jones but his close control is poor, the ball bobbles and he has to try and recover, eventually passing straight out for a throw. Rashford is some player. Loftus-Cheek is getting rough treatment early on but is composed with the ball and protecting it well. 8:04PM 4 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Costa Rica playing some nice quick passes as they try to go forward but Loftus-Cheek intercepts and takes England forward slowly. England get up the pitch though and Alexander-Arnold looks for Vardy with an early cross and wins a corner. 8:03PM 2 mins ENG 0 CRC 0 Elland Road is great fun. The crowd are loud and singing Three Lions, having a lovely old time. It looks great on the TV as well - Wembley has this lacklustre feeling of disappointment about its camera angle but this one just looks like really good players in a normal stadium. I know that's a weird thing to say. 8:01PM KICK OFF England, in red strips, start the game! 7:56PM The Costa Rica national anthem is really nice 7:55PM Lee Dixon on the Elland Road effect "I've seen Wrighty throw a few punches in that tunnel!" Ian Wright laughs. I scrubbed that hallway out so many times in my days as an apprentice @LUFC#LeedsUnited#goalkeeper good luck lads #England �������������� pic.twitter.com/Yjcw04lOEk— David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) June 7, 2018 7:52PM Gareth Southgate says We wanted to use the two games to get everyone to a physical level, the plan was to play everyone in the cup finals tonight but because of a couple of knocks we couldn't do that. I think in every position we have great competition for places. History tells us the team we pick for Tunisia will be different for the next. I played in a World Cup when Beckham and Owen started the first game and were stars of the tournament by the end. You're always trying to make an impression on the manager and coaching staff, the players have a good mentality. It was nice driving in to see so many young faces welcoming the team to the stadium, it means a lot to the players. We're looking forward to it. 7:45PM Butland vs Pickford Credit: REUTERS Pickford’s range of kicking is a real bonus to England. Shot-stopping and commanding his area is clearly important but his ability to distribute long passes to forward players and kick-start counter-attacks gives them a little something extra. Jack Butland doesn’t have any special moves like Pickford but is reliable and an excellent all-rounder, and before injury struck, was first choice. Southgate wants his goalkeeper to play the ball out from the back - Butland needs to demonstrate he can do this as well as, or better than, Pickford. Tonight won't affect that much but it'll certainly help, provided he's producing performances in training too. 7:36PM Danny Rose's remarkable interview about his depression I cannot recommend this, nor commend Danny Rose for saying these things, highly enough. It's fantastic that he's opened up like he did, with the Spurs man revealing in a candid interview: His problems were compounded by the suicide of his uncle, an incident where a gun was fired at his house with the bullet narrowly missing his brother, and his mother being racially abused. His attempts to regain full fitness included having cortisone injections and blood spinning therapy. How England, and the prospect of going to the World Cup has been “his salvation” from his troubles. That he has not even told his ­parents – or England manager ­Gareth Southgate, the full extent of his mental health issues. 7:31PM A nice little Opta stat Trent Alexander-Arnold is the 17th player to be given his senior England debut by Gareth Southgate, in the manager's 18th game in charge. 7:29PM Costa Rica starting lineup ⚽ Así alinea #LaSele para el juego amistoso ante @England previo a la @fifaworldcup_es#Rusia2018. ¡#VamosTicos! ���� #LaSeleENGpic.twitter.com/rao9pGYfTG— FEDEFUTBOL Costa Rica (@fedefutbolcrc) June 7, 2018 A few names you might recognise in there. Cristian Gamboa, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas and Bryan Oviedo should ring a bell. David Guzman and Celso Borges are decent too. 7:13PM Play our predictor game! It's fun Friendlies can, of course, only tell you so much about how teams will fare in a full-blooded World Cup environment. Luckily, we've got you covered. We've made a tool that uses reams of data to allow you to forecast Russia 2018 based on how important you think different factors are when it comes to determining a world champion. Have a go here. It looks like this: predictor gif Hint: if you want England to win (it is possible we promise) try bumping up your scores for form, player pedigree and odds. A healthy supply of luck is also a must. Forecaster team strengths table - England vs Costa Rica 7:08PM England starting lineup Here's the team! Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up for our final game ahead of the @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/ZGb7mMl0c9— England (@England) June 7, 2018 6:57PM Jason Burt on England's chances 3:46PM Good evening! Hello everyone and welcome to our liveblog for England's final World Cup warm-up game! After this they set sail, or more specifically fly, to Russia to live their dream of failing heroically in the first knock-out stage. I joke, but it's odd seeing England go into an international tournament without any real sense of hope or expectation around them - maybe this is exactly what they needed all along? There are some changes expected for Gareth Southgate's team selection tonight, with Jamie Vardy possibly trialed upfront beside Harry Kane and Danny Rose - whose brilliant interview is a must read - replacing Ashley Young on the left of a 3-5-2/3-3-2-2 shape. This was the team against Nigeria: England vs Nigeria Harry Maguire could start, Jordan Henderson might have a chance to prove he should start ahead of Eric Dier as the pivot and Alexander-Arnold will probably get some time at right wing-back too. Costa Rica appear to have chosen as tonight's opponents because of their geographical proximity to Panama, England's second match in the World Cup. It's a well known bonafide fact that countries quite close to each other are basically the same, so whatever happens in this match will basically be exactly what England can expect against Panama. Team news should be with us at some point shortly. You can follow live updates, analysis and all the action here.