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England, Portugal ease past opponents in warm-up friendlies, Iceland held by Ghana

10 June, 2018, 17:58 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Rodney Wallace is looking forward to his first World Cup with Costa Rica

The Manchester United striker unleashed a rocket from 25 yards in the first half, a shot which flew past three-time Champions League victor Keylor Navas of Real Madrid in the Costa Rica goal.

Gareth Southgate admits he has been left with some "serious decisions" after England's encouraging World Cup preparations. I think he could sell it to the nation that this is just one for experience.

Barnes, who is a Lidl grassroots ambassador, has been impressed by the efforts England have made to connect with fans, with squad members speaking openly and honestly in the media and a handful of players stopping late in the evening at Elland Road to sign shirts and pose for pictures with fans.

"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". Young, fearless and I honestly think they are going to do well.

Stones started in the middle of Gareth Southgate's preferred back three between Harry Maguire and Phil Jones and was only troubled once in an assured display before being replaced by Gary Cahill in the 65th minute.

Despite what the numbers might suggest, last season was frustrating for Marcus Rashford at Manchester United.

Former Manchester United favourite Lee Sharpe has tipped Marcus Rashford to shine for England at the World Cup but questioned his handling by Jose Mourinho.

"I probably caught it too well", he said.

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"Rashford played with a real swagger tonight".

"He had a hard end to the season, having to play no his own as a No9 at times".

"We could go through 11 of those on the basis of what we saw in this game, and that's critical because we won't progress on 11 players chosen in the first game". But if we are, then we get moments like that goal. "He is still filling out - we sometimes forget how old he is", added Southgate.

The Rashford we saw for England on Thursday nearly looked like a completely different player to the unconfident, stressed Rashford we saw in Man United's FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

"I don't see why it should be overly mental".

The strong security of Harry Kane's position in the starting eleven is the worst kept secret, leaving one of Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford or perhaps Raheem Sterling to accompany the Spurs striker. If it the team were not to be as productive in the first game against Tunisia, England could face having to win their next two games in order to qualify.

This youthful, vibrant side still have a lot to learn, but they also have qualities which can cause problems to even the best teams at the tournament should they meet later in the competition.

"It is up to the manager to decide who is in the best XI for the first game and then for the games after that but I have felt in good form for a long time".



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