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09 June, 2018, 20:33 | Author: John Swanson
  • Watch: Marcus Rashford Scores Thunderbastard In Costa Rica Friendly

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck - who is heading to Russian Federation as the squad's highest goalscorer - netted either side of half time during the Three Lions' 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday evening to round off a pleasing pre-tournament spell.

Gareth Southgate has welcomed a selection headache for England ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation after their impressive 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Marcus Rashford got his chance to shine on the worldwide stage just a week out from the World Cup, as England took on Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday evening, and boy did he deliver. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

Arsenal forward Welbeck has never been a prolific scorer at club level but boasts an impressive return for the Three Lions, heading home his 16th goal in 39 appearances during Thursday's 2-0 friendly win at Elland Road.

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"I have got 11 or 12 that are going to be hard to leave out because there is genuine competition for places", Southgate said.

Gareth Southgate admits he has been left with some "serious decisions" after England's encouraging World Cup preparations. He said to the England and Tottenham player: "I think it's really, really good what you did...well done".

The win was wrapped up in the 76th minute when substitute Welbeck, for some a surprise choice in England's World Cup squad, stooped to head in Dele Alli's cross.

Immediately after the match there were calls for Rashford to start against Tunisia and, at 5/2 on Betfair to make the 11, he looks like value.

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Like his compatriot Wayne Rooney and many other United stars before him, Marcus burst onto the scene at a young age, in his case at just 17 years old, and must be given time to fulfil his true potential. 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.

"We've already been through a little bit of adversity together in certain areas, and I think that's brought them close".

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

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Only a loss to Dominika Cibulkova in the 2009 quarterfinals here, in which she won only two games, was worse. She clearly still has business to attend to as she eyes a follow-up to her 2016 title on the Parisian clay.

"But I feel in good form, and I have felt in good form for a long time". Raheem Sterling heads to the World Cup off the back of an outstanding season with Manchester City, but his struggles to translate club form on the global stage are well documented.

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