Jun. 20, 2018
England vs Costa Rica: England cruise to a comfortable win via goals from Rashford & Welbeck
After taking a backseat late on into the second half of the 2017/18 Premier League season due to the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the Janurary Transfer Window, Marcus Rashford (20) has surely demonstrated his capabilities with a strong performance against Costa Rica. Backed by an excellent 13th minute 25 yard finish to send England to a comfortable one nil start in their final international friendly before the World Cup Finals in a week's time.
Gareth Southgate will possibly have a few positional dilemmas arising, especially between the starting positions of Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling & Jesse Lingard. After Marcus Rashford has shown his attacking prowess that could be added to the squad in the attacking third of the pitch. While also highlighting his attacking edge that Man United were possibly missing towards the end of the season.
A solid debut for Trent Alexander-Arnold who played for 63 minutes before being replaced by Kieran Trippier. The young right-sided fullback (19) has definitely displayed not only to Southgate but to the many England supporters why he deserves to be in the squad.
Danny Rose on the left hand side of the defence conveyed a performance typical of his ability but has certainly indicated the viable need for an out and out left footer on that side. Again proving another positional issue for the starting left-back place for Southgate between Rose & Ashley Young.
Harry Maguire had a header on goal cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo in the 55th minute. Later leading to substitute Dele Alli (Tottenham) assisting fellow North London rival Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) to seal a 2-0 win in the 76th minute with a diving header for the arsenal forward.
A strong sense of team cohesion alongside a confident manager in Gareth Southgate, this young England squad will undoubtedly be going into next week's World Cup finals with their tails up having clearly taken to the Manager's refreshing style of formation and play.
Up next is Tunisia on the 18th June in their first group stage match in Volgograd. We'll see if the team's positive form of late can be taken with them into the young side's first experience of such a tournament of high magnitude for the majority of the players.