Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

Costa Rica's defender Giancarlo Gonzalez (L) vies with England's striker Marcus Rashford during the global friendly football match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds in northern England on June 7, 2018.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season and was a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate's 23-man World Cup squad. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

The link-up play between Loftus-Cheek and Rashford on England's right-hand side, causing problems for Costa Rica's defence with the pair constantly fouled as they formed most of the attack - Loftus-Cheek was fouled more than any other player (five) and also completed 100% of his 34 passes.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck earned Gareth Southgate's side a comfortable win over the 2014 quarter-finalists, with several players making their claims for a starting spot in Russian Federation.

Hopefully it will be the 4-4-2 in a bar beat of Terrier Brass that will inspire England to success against Costa Rica and then the rest of the world in Russian Federation in the next month.

However, both sides could play virtually anyone - it's not a competition match and managers will simply be looking to finalise their thoughts on their squad.

The highlight was a stunning 25-yard strike in the 13th minute, which left Costa Rica and Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas clutching at thin air.

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England's pressure resumed after half-time, with Navas palming away a fierce Jordan Henderson strike before the resulting corner saw Harry Maguire's header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

However, things eventually started to pick up again as the half wore on and it was Danny Welbeck who added the second goal 10 minutes after replacing the largely isolated and redundant Jamie Vardy.

Costa Rica will look to turn their fortunes around after winning just two of their last eight matches, but took a step in the right direction with a 3-0 thumping of Northern Ireland in a friendly match of their own on Sunday.

Speaking of substitutes, a new star was born in the latter stages when Costa Rica brought on a replacement with a name so wonderfully mundane, it sent ructions of disbelief across social media... It wasn't first team against Nigeria and second team today.

And Rashford admitted afterwards that this was his best game in an England shirt.

Marcus Rashford was by far the best player on the pitch.

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