Arsenal hero Keown: Rashford clearly happier with England than Mourinho's Man Utd

Arsenal hero Keown: Rashford clearly happier with England than Mourinho's Man Utd

England manager Gareth Southgate was giving no clues as to his starting lineup for England's opening World Cup game but the performance of striker Marcus Rashford in Thursday's 2-0 win over Costa Rica certainly gave him food for thought.

The hopes of English football fans that their team will play at a brisk tempo at this year's World Cup may well rest with manager Gareth Southgate's team selection, but he could no worse than enlist Terrier Brass to keep the pace up when the going gets tough against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the next few weeks.

And with 15 minutes remaining, Danny Welbeck capped off the win with a good instinctive header following Dele Alli's cross.

The only other time these two teams met was in the 2014 World Cup, which was a notoriously (what some would call boring) 0-0 draw.

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Just five members from the squad in Brazil are heading to this summer's finals, with Southgate favouring promise over experience.

Not long till we find out who he fields as the World Cup is less than a week away!

England's victory in Leeds followed Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria but perhaps more importantly, Southgate's squad appear to have avoided picking up any injuries as they prepare to fly to Russian Federation.

Excitement about the Three Lions' first visit to Leeds in 16 years was palpable and only fuelled by building World Cup anticipation.

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Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, picking the ball up from 30 yards before driving a powerful shot past Keylor Navas.

Tasked with leading the line Rashford, partner-in-crime Jamie Vardy was almost in for a second but was well thwarted by Navas.

England return to the Broad Acres for the first time since March, 2002 when they host Costa Rica at Elland Road tomorrow night in front of a sell-out crowd. Should Alexander-Arnold impress against Costa Rica, Kieran Trippier could lose his place.

Kieran Tripper was amongst them and sent a free-kick just wide, with Danny Rose - the subject of so much pre-match attention after speaking candidly about his depression - directed into the side netting.

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"With the (England) teams I played in, the (Manchester) United group were exceptional, but outside of that it was only Tony Adams who started at Arsenal and was there all the way through". Alex Iwobi cut the lead in half but it wasn't enough as England emerged victorious at the final whistle.

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