Rashford enjoying 'freedom' of England role

Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter-finalists                                       Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter

Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter-finalists Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter

England will travel to Russian Federation on Tuesday on a wave of renewed sense of national optimism after Gareth Southgate's side signed off their World Cup preparation with two impressive victories.

"Most pleasing was to make 10 changes and still maintain the fluidity and fluency of the game".

"I'm really pleased to have him with us".

"Firstly, incredibly courageous and honest", the England manager said.

"I am aware of the support from Yorkshire clubs when we travel anyway".

But England never looked in danger of throwing away their lead and substitute Welbeck headed home to seal victory against the 2014 World Cup's surprise package.

England hosted Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday night, with Jordan Henderson captaining his side.

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The Clarets No.1 has yet to make his worldwide bow and, unless he comes off the bench at Elland Road, seems set to travel to Russian Federation uncapped as England's third choice. We have only taken two (warm-up games) as we had some players in the FA Cup final and a couple in the Champions League final.

Southgate was asked at the news conference whether he would have any hesitation in starting 19-year-old, uncapped Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold in the opening game against Tunisia and said he had faith in the youngster.

Rashford endured a hard end to the season at United, scoring just four times in 2018 at club level, and suffering some stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho.

England's Raheem Sterling speaks during the media day at St George's Park, Burton.

Jamie Vardy was denied by a flying Navas from point-blank range as England pressed their advantage, although Jack Butland made a good save to deny Johan Venegas after a rare Costa Rica break. Very often, worldwide players have not started off at a big club.

England were in the ascendancy and Rashford was exciting the Yorkshire crowd with a number of flashy touches and silky skills. Dave Seaman was at Peterborough and Birmingham and David Platt was released and came through Crewe.

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