Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

England's Gareth Southgate pleased with Marcus Rashford 'swagger' in win

England's Gareth Southgate pleased with Marcus Rashford 'swagger' in win

Southgate made 10 changes from the side that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday with 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool handed his global debut at right-back.

Navas was representing Costa Rica at Elland Road as they faced England in a World Cup warm-up match.

England start their World Cup Group G campaign in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18, while Costa Rica open against Serbia, a day earlier, in Group E.

"What pleased me most is that Marcus Rashford enjoyed his football tonight".

England's Jack Butland (left) is substituted for team-mate Nick Pope at Elland Road, Leeds.

Substitute Danny Welbeck added a second on 76 minutes when he got his head to Dele Alli's cross and so England head to Russian Federation with a 100% record from their warm-up matches, having beaten Nigeria on Saturday.

"We've already been through a little bit of adversity together in certain areas, and I think that's brought them close".

'We have got a good chance.

"We have got great competition for places throughout the team - you saw that", added the England manager.

Phil Jones clipped the crossbar with a header but it was Rashford who looked brightest in a positive early spell for England, and it was fitting for him to break the deadlock.

"You work on shots like those in training pretty much every day, so when one comes off in the game it's the reward you get for the practise".

'I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament.

"Some of the individual situations like Danny and Raheem's have come up and have allowed us to talk about different things and support each other", the Three Lions boss said.

"It means a lot to just be selected but going there and hopefully playing a major part is my main aim".

"Anything's possible so we have to go there with the highest expectations".

Costa Rica face tournament favourites Brazil as well as Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, and will need to show far more ambition once they get to Russian Federation if they are to replicate their heroics of four years ago.

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