Gareth Southgate and Marcus Rashford react to Costa Rica win

08 June, 2018, 15:45 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Rodney Wallace is looking forward to his first World Cup with Costa Rica

The Liverpool right-back was a breakthrough star in the Premier League this season and was a surprise call-up to the World Cup squad, with Gareth Southgate moving Kyle Walker into central defence.

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

Rashford (centre) was too good.

"I thought today his [Rashford's] linking play was good, his individuality of running at people and taking people on in and around the penalty area was good, and of course it's a wonderful strike for the goal; and he worked incredibly hard for the team to press and shut down".

"With the (England) teams I played in, the (Manchester) United group were exceptional, but outside of that it was only Tony Adams who started at Arsenal and was there all the way through".

"You work on them (goals) in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward", Rashford told ITV.

"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.


"I said to all the team before the game, I expect to see mistakes and, if I don't, there might be a problem because we wouldn't be being as attack-minded as we want to be".

"It means a lot to just be selected but going there and hopefully playing a major part is my main aim". Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations'.

Pope, the former Ipswich Town youngster who rebuilt his career with Bury Town before ultimately moving to Burnley, came on as a second-half substitute for Jack Butland as England beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their final friendly outing ahead of the World Cup.

A short pass from Ruben Loftus-Cheek set up Marcus Rashford, whose cracking effort from distance stormed past Navas and into the back of the net for the opening strike on 13 minutes.

It would have been more had the Three Lions showed a cutting edge, but there was far more to shout about in comparison to the countries' last meeting at the World Cup four years ago. I still need to get in the box a bit more to finish off chances.

Southgate held off making any changes until the hour mark and left Kane in reserve for the full 90 minutes as his side continued to control the game after the break.

And with 15 minutes remaining, Danny Welbeck capped off the win with a good instinctive header following Dele Alli's cross.

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