Trent makes England debut in win against Costa Rica

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

A spectacular strike from Marcus Rashford helped England to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in Thursday's friendly clash at Elland Road.

The 20-year-old's display seemed in stark contrast to those he delivered for his club for much of 2018, which prompted speculation about his future given his apparent lack of suitability to Jose Mourinho's plans.

Harry Kane doubled the lead in the 39th minute taking a ball from Raheem Sterling and slotting it home for England's second goal of the match.

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'You work on them [goals] in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward, ' said Rashford. "I am not sitting two weeks before a game and saying 'That's it, you're comfortable as you're in, '" he said. I feel like we're in good physical form.

'We have got a good chance.

Danny Welbeck also justified his inclusion in Gareth Southgate's squad by coming off the bench to seal the win. But if it means seeing more goals like that of Rashford's tonight, then I'm all for it. "He played with a real swagger", Southgate told reporters.

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"I think he had a hard end to the season having to play on his own as a nine at times, he's still filling out and growing so we forget how young he is".

"He had a hard end to the season having to play on his own as a number nine at times". He is still filling out.

And given England's World Cup routes, whether winning or coming second in group G sees them likely to face either Brazil or Germany in the quarter-finals (should they get that far and both teams win their groups as expected) this will be something Southgate needs to work on in the final days before they travel to Russian Federation.

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Pope came out of nowhere to secure his position as England's third goalkeeper for the tournament ahead of the vastly experienced Joe Hart, who was one of the shock omissions from Southgate's World Cup squad.

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