Marcus Rashford Scores Thunderbastard In Costa Rica Friendly

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

Manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes to the team that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday, with John Stones the one player to keep his place, while Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right wing-back. A nice problem to have, says Max Liu, as he discusses the big questions in attack and defence.

The 20-year-old is not a guaranteed starter at worldwide level either but starred in the 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica on Thursday, scoring a stunning goal. "We've a decision to make for the first game". There have been no histrionics, no players smashing up hotel rooms on being told they have been left out, no media outrage about a player picked or omitted.

Has Rashford's goal sealed his played in starting XI?

Thursday's global friendly against Costa Rica saw England bag a 2-0 victory - their tenth consecutive match unbeaten. If so, it's bringing out the best in him.

Next up for England will be their World Cup opener against Tunisia on June 18th, so here are five things we learned from their final World Cup warm-up match. It was his goal, however, that will make his claims for a starting place harder to ignore for Southgate.

"Mourinho is keen to add to his squad this summer as he looks to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title". If England qualify they will face either Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan from Group H. If they get through that tie then the chances are they will face one of the tournament's favourites - either Brazil or the holders, Germany - in the last eight.

But it's not as straight forward as that.

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.

Southgate made 10 changes from the side that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday with 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool handed his worldwide debut at right-back. "You're a bit more prepared individually but also as a team as well, a bit more relaxed and going into the tournament we're more clued up about what we need to do individually and as a team".

Arsenal striker Welbeck made it 2-0 to England with 15 minutes remaining in the game as he got on the end of Alli's cross to send a diving header past Navas.

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



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