Trent Alexander-Arnold debuts & Jordan Henderson starts as England beat Costa Rica

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

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford scored an impressive goal as England secured a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in an worldwide friendly at Elland Road.

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.

Pope will be England's third-choice shot-stopper at the tournament behind Jordan Pickford and Butland, but he would still relish making his senior global debut.

Only John Stones retains his starting place from the 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday as Gareth Southgate shuffles his pack for England's first match at Elland Road in 16 years. We've got really good players across the two line-ups.

Gareth Southgate has admitted Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier could be fighting over one place in England's World Cup side.

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck scored in either half for the Three Lions, who will now prepare for their opening match in Russian Federation - against Tunisia on June 18.

"You work on them (goals) in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward", Rashford told ITV.

After a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in their previous warm-up game, England will be looking for another win before heading to Russian Federation.

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping drive from the right which flew past Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

Rashford endured a hard end to the season at United, scoring just four times in 2018 at club level, and suffering some stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho.

"We could go through 11 of those on the basis of what we saw tonight - and that's critical because we won't progress on 11 players chosen in the first game". I'm happy with the game today and the result because I feel like we're in good physical form leading up to the tournament which is the most important thing.

Costa Rica face tournament favourites Brazil as well as Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, and will need to show far more ambition once they get to Russian Federation if they are to replicate their heroics of four years ago.

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