Rashford enjoying 'freedom' of England role

Joel Campbell

Rashford enjoying 'freedom' of England role

England can head off to the World Cup by beating Costa Rica and keeping a clean sheet in Thursday evening's friendly global at Elland Road, says Dave Tindall.

Only John Stones kept his place in the side that started Saturday's 2-1 friendly win against Nigeria - one of five Yorkshiremen in the line-up as England headed on the road for the first time since 2016.

The hopes of English football fans that their team will play at a brisk tempo at this year's World Cup may well rest with manager Gareth Southgate's team selection, but he could no worse than enlist Terrier Brass to keep the pace up when the going gets tough against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the next few weeks.

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.

While Ruben Loftus-Cheek offered a reminder of his strength on the ball and Henderson delivered good service for the strikers with well-weighted balls from midfield, it was Rashford who made the strongest impression - and not only for his brilliant goal.

The next time the Three Lions will be in action is for their Russian Federation 2018 opener against Tunisia on Monday 18 June.

Marcus Rashford emphasised his ability to provide the X-factor for England at the World Cup with an outstanding goalscoring performance.

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"You want to know who is in form and any time a player has 10 minutes or 90 minutes on the field they have an opportunity to make a statement in the way they play".

It took just 13 minutes for 20-year-old Marcus Rashford to open the scoring.

When they played Roy Hodgson's men in the final group game, England were already out so that previous clash may be of limited use to punters although Costa Rica will recall it with fondness. "When you are playing in tournaments, you are on the road, so it is good to play away from Wembley in that respect".

Ronaldo set up the second in the 37th minute when he sped down the left and provided a pinpoint cross which Fernandes met with a powerful downward header for his first global goal.

It was left to Danny Welbeck, who came off the bench to put the game to bed with a diving header past an on-rushing Navas following a cross-field delivery from Dele Alli.

They say it's a team game but it was Rashford's goal of pure brilliance in the first-half which was the best moment of the match.

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