Welbeck: United's Rashford benefiting from free role with England

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

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

Jamie Vardy, on paper perhaps the most in-form of England's forward players, laboured here, perhaps because deep-lying opponents offered little opportunity to showcase his ability to play on the shoulder of the last defender.

The 2017-18 season was a struggle for Rashford, who was mostly restricted to substitute appearances under the conservative approach of United manager Jose Mourinho. For me, at the end of the season, he cared so much you could see he was trying too hard [at Manchester United]. "We need that competition but I'm delighted with our preparation and I feel positive about our platform leading into the tournament", he said.

Neither are truly favourites to start any game at the World Cup for England given the club form of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling.

Rashford's dipping drive at 13 minutes was the highlight of an all-round satisfactory evening for the hosts as they extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, stretching back almost a year.

However, it was another youngster in Rashford, 20, who caught the eye from the off.

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A first-team debut was handed to Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Jack Butland started in goal after missing the win over Nigeria at Wembley. The team were preparing for their warm-up match against Costa Rica later that evening in Leeds which they ended up winning 2-0, meaning that they head to Russian Federation having won both of their warm-up games. By taking risks they show the glimpses of quality like Marcus's opening goal.

However, there was a gulf in class even between Southgate's largely second string line-up and the Central Americans as England dominated.

Navas thwarted Jordan Henderson's rising effort early in the second half and Harry Maguire's effort from the resulting corner was hacked off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

The Man United man opened the scoring at Elland Road with a screamer to light up the final World Cup friendly before the team take off for Russian Federation next week.

South Korea were held to an unimpressive 0-0 draw against Bolivia while Iceland, the surprise packages of Euro 2016 who are looking to pull off more upsets in Russian Federation, drew 2-2 at home to Ghana after leading 2-0. Having been given some extra time off following Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo made his 150th global appearance for Portugal. And it would nearly certainly mean no starting place for Raheem Sterling. Portugal open their campaign against Spain on 15 June.

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