Marcus Rashford Scores Thunderbastard In Costa Rica Friendly

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Butland will start, but should Pickford be number 1 for England? 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. The former Barnsley and Everton defender, otherwise unflustered, was momentarily caught out of position after a foray forward in the first half to allow Costa Rica space on the edge of the penalty area, but the Central Americans failed to capitalise.

"Of course he has given Gareth Southgate something to think about, but if he plays Rashford as an attacking player does that mean Raheem doesn't play?"

"The big challenge for Danny is that he has had a lack of match minutes this season, but he's starting to get there and that's brilliant for all of us".

It was an absolute screamer.

And he reckons that could be the same for Marcus Rashford.

"It wasn't "first-team played Nigeria and second-team played today".

To prove the point, Sterling hasn't scored in his last 20 games for England, stretching back to 2015.

Speaking after the match, Southgate told 5Live Rashford was "desperate to do well".

And his very presence sparked a marked improvement in Portugal's attacking thrust as he was involved in nearly every risky move the hosts conjured until he was replaced on 74 minutes.

Despite scoring a second against Costa Rica after the break, England let their opponents back into the game on Thursday night and a better team would have undoubtedly punished them more. Rashford, meanwhile, always looks fearless on global duty and his pace, never mind the thunderous shooting ability he showed against Costa Rica, will trouble opposing defender.

John Barnes believes England's Marcus Rashford may start the World Cup as a substitute despite an eye-catching display against Costa Rica. It's better for me because I'm more ready than I was then.

Bertrand played 40 times for Saints this season, whereas Rose featured just 17 times for Tottenham.

But after the failure in France two years ago, Rashford claims there is now a better feel to the World Cup build-up, both as a squad and on a personal level.

But that's because against Costa Rica, the likes of Rashford and Loftus-Cheek were afforded time on the ball to work their magic, meaning a player of Vardy's special skill set was not truly needed.

"I played left midfield in a Champions League final for Chelsea".

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