Gareth Southgate happy as England march on together at Elland Road

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The 20-year-old produced a standout performance for the Three Lions in their pre-World Cup friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday night, scoring a 25-yard stunner for the first of his side's two goals.

At the other end, Jack Butland was handed a final chance to impress and try and oust Jordan Pickford as Southgate's first-choice goalkeeper.

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck netted the two goals in the win over Costa Rica as the Three Lions heads to the tournament in Russian Federation high on confidence after back-to-back victories. He was excellent for England two years ago at the European Championships and bettors are getting behind him: he was backed in from 11/10 to 1/2 immediately after the Costa Rica game.

That proved to be the final piece of goal-mouth action in the half as England ended their World Cup preparations on a high. "His communication with the players is one of his greatest strengths - he never messes you around, so you know where you stand and that's been the case since he called me to say I wouldn't be in the 23".

Danny Welbeck headed in the second goal to seal the victory after manager Gareth Southgate rested a host of players including captain Harry Kane.

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The 27-year-old was distraught as he trudged from the field in Kiev, and admits it took him a while to get over the intense disappointment of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat.

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. The team were preparing for their warm-up match against Costa Rica later that evening in Leeds which they ended up winning 2-0, meaning that they head to Russian Federation having won both of their warm-up games.

Though perhaps a better problem to have than others experienced by England managers in recent years, the performance presents something of a quandary for Southgate, posing the hard question: should Rashford start over Manchester City's Raheem Sterling? A proven goalscorer, cool head and England's captain in Russian Federation, the question is how best to complement him.

"I'm going to get my hair cut, for a start".

'You work on them [goals] in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward, ' said Rashford. Raheem Sterling heads to the World Cup off the back of an outstanding season with Manchester City, but his struggles to translate club form on the global stage are well documented.

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