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England 2-0 Costa Rica

09 June, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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With their final warm-up game - a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica - over and done with, England are now heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation in buoyant mood.

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Henderson and Dier have played together in the engine room on many occasions but Southgate suggested this week he is keen to play with a solitary pivot alongside two more attacking central players.

The England coach chose to take his players out of London for their last pre-World Cup warm-up game and by engaging with Yorkshire he re-engaged Leeds with a national set-up which rarely concerns them. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher? However, Welbeck also justified his inclusion in Southgate's squad by coming off the bench to seal the win 14 minutes from time as he headed home Dele Alli's cross.

And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere!

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Despite scoring a second against Costa Rica after the break, England let their opponents back into the game on Thursday night and a better team would have undoubtedly punished them more.

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

"My wife knows - they all know - that this is what I do, this is what I enjoy doing and this is the biggest tournament in the world".

Gareth Southgate's men begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT. However, Navas, fresh off his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid, was completely caught out moments later as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that dipped perfectly over him and into the top corner for his third worldwide goal.

Arsenal striker Welbeck made it 2-0 to England with 15 minutes remaining in the game as he got on the end of Alli's cross to send a diving header past Navas.

Costa Rica are in a tough group against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup and while nobody would have expected them to win, even second place may be looking like a push at the moment.

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