International Friendly Report: England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

International Friendly Report: England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas was completely caught out moments later, though, as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards for his third global goal.

Southgate was particularly pleased with the performance of Rashford, who was England's standout player, especially in the first half when he caused Costa Rica's defence plenty of problems.

In a quiet first half, England controlled the possession in the opening exchanges.

The shot sailed over the keeper's head and struck the net sweetly, with a nonchalant celebration suggesting this was not Rashford's first time.

Excitement about the Three Lions' first visit to Leeds in 16 years was palpable and only fuelled by building World Cup anticipation.

Compare that to the drab audiences that have played Wembley throughout the years and the potential sale of the stadium to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan can not come soon enough.

Southgate was keen to give all his 23-man squad playing time and there were debuts for Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who started before making way for Kieran Trippier, and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, who came on for Jack Butland in the 65th minute.

Jack Butland starts in goal with Ruben Loftus-Cheek also earning a starting berth against their fellow World Cup finalists.

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A sold out Elland Road was treated to its first England worldwide since 2002 - and boy did the locals enjoy it.

Jamie Vardy is another who may fall foul of Southgate's tactical preferences.

I am sure it can be; it is just having the stability.

Costa Rica are on offer at [9.8] while The Draw is [5.2]. Looking at England's results when they've ventured to north, they beat Turkey 2-1 at Old Trafford and Australia 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in back-to-back games ahead of the 2016 Euros and lost 1-0 to Spain in Manchester back in 2007.

Costa Rica get their World Cup E campaign under way against Serbia on June 17 in Samara.

Danny Rose and the uncapped Trent Alexander-Arnold should also feature at Elland Road in the final warm-up match before the tournament in Russian Federation.

England will be hoping the story goes a little differently this year and have an opportunity to bury the memories of the last tournament with a win.