England finish World Cup prep with win over Costa Rica
Jun 10 2018
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.
Just five members from Roy Hodgson's squad in Brazil are heading to the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, with Gareth Southgate favoring promise over experience.
"I'm going to get my hair cut, for a start".
But if it means seeing more goals like that of Rashford's tonight, then I'm all for it.
He said: "There [are] about 30 players in that pool now but I'd prefer it to be around 40, I'd be more comfortable with that".
"Defensive side of the game (was) good, a couple of lapses of concentration".
"I thought his linking was good, his individuality and running at people and taking people on in and around the penalty area was good, and of course it was a wonderful strike for the goal". Given the number one shirt after starting against Nigeria, the three-cap keeper looks a bold selection.
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.
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. "He is still filling out - we sometimes forget how old he is", Southgate said.
Chief executive Martin Glenn said that a last-eight place would represent "a real sign of progress" after failing to get out of the group four years ago in Brazil.
"I also played in a central three for Southampton with Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte, and we went on Southampton's record clean-sheet run, six on the bounce". Rashford has given Southgate a massive selection dilemma ahead of the first group game against Tunisia.
"We've talked about that a lot as a support team". "If you play a lot of games it's hard to be fresh at this stage of the season and if you play fewer games you have the feeling inside you that you want to play more".
"It's something he feels he has come through and he was really keen that the focus turns to his football, so it was brilliant for him to have a game, coming back to Leeds, special for him".
Maguire played on the left of Stones and pressed his claims for a starting place against Tunisia with a composed, confident performance throughout the 90 minutes.