Trent makes England debut in win against Costa Rica

Ruben Holloway
June 8, 2018

It looked like another plodding friendly between England and Costa Rica as the Three Lions get their final outing before heading off to Russian Federation.

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping diagonal drive from the right which flew past helpless Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

Tune in to ITV's live coverage as England play their final World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road.

Pope's rise has become a well-told story in recent weeks after he was called into the England squad for the first time in March, with the former milkman now heading to Russian Federation with the England squad.

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Southgate rang the changes after the hour mark as Dele Alli, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope were introduced for the home side.

"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".

England's victory in Leeds followed Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria but perhaps more importantly, Southgate's squad appear to have avoided picking up any injuries as they prepare to fly to Russian Federation.

England drew 0-0 with Costa Rica at the World Cup final four years ago.

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Southgate said he was delighted to have such competition for places.

His value will come later in the tournament as England face up against the bigger teams, should they get that far, looking to exploit on the counter with the Three Lions' backs against the wall.

Gareth Southgate could not be happier with England's World Cup preparations given the kinship and qualities his group are displaying.

The attackers looked void of any creativity and confidence going up against an England back-three still working out their kinks, with just three of their eight shots hitting the target. Navas may have enjoyed his clash with English opposition in the Champions League football but this was a different story!

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