England 2-0 Costa Rica

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

Marcus first came on to the scene doing just that having scored in several of his debuts and there's hope he can be talismanic for Gareth Southgate's side.

"What pleased me most is that he [Marcus Rashford] enjoyed his football tonight and he played with a real swagger".

Southgate described Rashford's strike as "world-class", and added: "Rashford played with a real swagger tonight... his performance wasn't ideal, but he was enjoying his football and that was good to see".

The key question now for Southgate is whether he opts to play Rashford in attack alongside Harry Kane or whether Raheem Sterling will keep that role.

"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".

"He had a hard end to the season having to play on his own as a No. 9 at times. We sometimes forget how old he is".

Mindful of the loyal support for England across Yorkshire over the years, Harrogate-based Southgate told The Yorkshire Post: "I have been here for 15 years, so we are very settled and I know the support in the area for England, but also football generally".

Nick Pope welcomed the friendly rivalry among the goalkeepers in England's World Cup squad after he made his debut in the 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday night.

"Going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim", he added.

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

Navas can regain some form this summer at the World Cup with Costa Rica facing Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia in the group stages.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas was completely caught out moments later, though, as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards for his third global goal.

However, there was a gulf in class even between Southgate's largely second string line-up and the Central Americans as England dominated.

"A little bit different in that obviously (there was) a slightly different profile of players, so maybe we didn't get as many men in the box at times".

It was left to Danny Welbeck, who came off the bench to put the game to bed with a diving header past an on-rushing Navas following a cross-field delivery from Dele Alli.

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