England v Costa Rica

Adjust Comment Print

A lot of us just expected to win.

And Alexander-Arnold will reach another career milestone when he represents the Three Lions in their final warm-up match before the tournament.

He told PA Sport: "I think he's been a little bit harshly treated, dipping in and out of the team has not helped him".

Vardy is another player set to start against Costa Rica, alongside Jordan Pickford in goal and the likes of Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but Southgate's selection will be based mostly on conditioning for the tournament.

"We made 10 changes and maintained the momentum with what we are doing".

Marcus Rashford sent a sold-out Elland Road wild with an outstanding opener that substitute Danny Welbeck added to in a victory more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline suggested.

More news: Twitter reacts to news of Anthony Bourdain’s death
More news: U.S. is a 'piggybank everyone is robbing', says Trump at G7
More news: Brexit: Theresa May meets ministers to resolve row over customs 'backstop'

So, what did we learn from these friendlies? Jordan Pickford has been given the No.1 shirt for the World Cup and looks likely to start in Russian Federation, but Butland is "determined to prove his worth" tonight, Sky Sports reports. "We have listened to compelling interviews from Rio and Frank and Steven and we've used those to say we've got to make sure we put those club situations to one side but I don't think there is that intense rivalry at the moment between our top clubs that there was then", he said.

We've a sneaking suspicion this won't go down too well with Manchester United supporters. I was there watching both matches and it looked really exciting to be a part of.

Southgate pinpointed the scrutiny and criticism of Raheem Sterling's gun tattoo, as well as the openness in which Danny Rose spoke about his fight with depression. Everyone knew their roles and the collective effort of the group shows a really good mentality.

There is an abundance of pace throughout the team which will make England equally as effective playing on the front foot or looking to sit back and counter attacker more superior teams. "We have personal support, team support and official protocol in place". But manager Gareth Southgate is a big admirer of Jack Butland and could be tempted to offer one last chance to the Stoke man.

"There are a few senior worldwide defenders who will be absolutely petrified of him if he's given licence to just run at people and do his stuff". It gives you the chance to just completely forget about everything and when you come back you are refreshed and ready to get stuck into work. If it the team were not to be as productive in the first game against Tunisia, England could face having to win their next two games in order to qualify.

Comments