Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

Marcus Rashford has been "harshly treated" by Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with an exciting talent deserving of more support from Jose Mourinho. "That's allowing us to create an environment where they're actually having a go at things we're asking them to do", he said.

That has created a new atmosphere around the England squad, according to Welbeck, and they are relishing the chance to impress on the worldwide stage. Rose is a better option for England at this moment than Young.

Rashford was not expected to be a starter for Gareth Southgate's side in their tournament opener against Tunisia a week on Monday, but his man of the match display against Costa Rica may have changed his manager's thinking. However, in giving the second team a chance to perform, he now faces a problem.

In order to win a major global tournament you need to possess a prolific goal scorer and there is none better in the world right now than Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.

Marcus Rashford proved the catalyst at Elland Road on Thursday evening.

Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added further energy to the team, while Walker adds pace to the backline - pace which will be important in making recovery tackles. He has got a lot of that youthful enthusiasm.

Costa Rica get their World Cup E campaign under way against Serbia on 17 June in Samara.

The manager was encouraged to hear Dele Alli and others publicly state their belief that England are capable of reaching the final in Moscow against the odds - and even winning it. I will look forward to picking up with England for the European qualifiers.


If they are to advance from this group, Costa Rica must improve on last night's performance against England.

So, it was felt that the Three Lions' time had come and gone following poor tournaments in Japan and South Korea, Germany, South Africa and, most recently, in Brazil.

"Going to this World Cup I think they can beat anyone but a feature of this young, inexperienced team is that they are going to be inconsistent".

"It's so rare because it's every four years, so you don't get many opportunities in your career, especially when you start late like me".

In the last 40 years, England may have been lacking on the pitch but off it they certainly aren't - they have the best fans in the world.

"It was nice when he said that about me, but football does not stand still and things move on".

All 32 nations are excited, but when the World Cup comes around nobody is more raring to go than the English supporters. "They are football mad over there!"

Image courtesy of England via YouTube, with thanks.


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