Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Danny Welbeck: Marcus Rashford "free to play" for England

World Cup 2018 England at Elland Road PAWorld Cup 2018 England v Costa Rica will kick off at Elland Road
Cassandra Gardner | 10 June, 2018, 00:29

An England team showing 10 changes from Saturday's victory over Nigeria, from which only a handful will start their first group game against Tunisia, were too game for Costa Rica, harrying the South Americans before and after the Rashford's brilliant 13th-minute opener. A nice problem to have, says Max Liu, as he discusses the big questions in attack and defence.

A stunning strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header gave a confident-looking England a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their World Cup warm-up friendly at Elland Road on Thursday.

England start their World Cup Group G campaign in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18 and they will head into that fixture in Volgograd in good spirits after two friendly wins.

Delph picked up where he left off for champions Manchester City with a busy, versatile display that more than justifies his inclusion in Southgate's squad.

Neither are truly favourites to start any game at the World Cup for England given the club form of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling.

However, Gareth Southgate had no hesitation starting the young Mancunian in the last friendly before England head to Russian Federation - and Rashford did not disappoint. That would mean he'd play in the number ten role, which he occupied last night, behind the main striker.

"Mourinho is keen to add to his squad this summer as he looks to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title".

Romania's Halep wins French Open, achieves her Grand Slam 'dream'
She pummeled a serve on match point and raised her arms in joy before going into the stands to embrace hugs with her entourage. Halep scored a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory over American Sloane Stephens in the French Open final on Saturday.


"When one comes off in a game, it's the reward you get for the practice", he told ITV.

But it's not as straight forward as that. That has helped break down some of the barriers that were apparent in the build-up to previous tournaments, with England's performances on the field providing further cause for optimism. Rashford, meanwhile, always looks fearless on worldwide duty and his pace, never mind the thunderous shooting ability he showed against Costa Rica, will trouble opposing defender.

"That's unusual, you'd think there was more pressure at England".

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

This famous old ground was rocking throughout, from the opening rendition of "Football's coming home" to jeering Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas every time he was in possession, the 36,104 in attendance certainly knew how to create an atmosphere on a balmy Thursday evening.

Whilst with the England team, the Duke of Cambridge presented Trent Alexander-Arnold with his England shirt ahead of his England debut against Costa Rica.

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