Trent Alexander-Arnold confirmed for England start against Costa Rica

Trent Alexander-Arnold confirmed for England start against Costa Rica

Marcus Rashford admitted he tried to "play free" and enjoy his football in England's 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping drive from the right which flew past Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium which will host England and Costa Rica on Thursday night.

The Manchester United forward's effort set the Three Lions on their way to victory in their final warm-up match prior to the World Cup, with Danny Welbeck sealing the result with a second-half header.

If Gareth Southgate wants to bring home the trophy then, he should at least make sure the sound of brass defeats the Samba beat of Brazil, the oompah marches of the Germans and the guitar and castanets of Spain.

"Everybody's in the frame", the England coach said.

Following a hard season for several of the county's leading sides - with only Huddersfield Town flying the White Rose flag in the Premier League - the game will be a weclome fillip for the wider area, according to England manager Southgate.

Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli's cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18.

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The United academy player is expected to be a big player for England this summer with many supporters recognising his ability to spark his team to life.

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 have been drawn in Group G with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

The 26-year-old former West Suffolk College student forced his way into Gareth Southgate's squad for Russian Federation after a stunning season at Turf Moor, having only made his Premier League debut in September following an injury to team-mate Tom Heaton. But we believe in him.

Alexander-Arnold played in the Champions League final for Liverpool, which they lost to Real Madrid 3-1.

Costa Rica, who are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland, barely threatened Jack Butland's goal.

"The 23 are all ready to play, that is the most important thing".

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