Has Marcus Rashford played his way into England’s starting XI?

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

Wallace celebrates with Kendall Waston after the goal that sent them to Russia

England will ring the changes for Thursday's friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds with manager Gareth Southgate handing Trent Alexander-Arnold his senior debut and keen to give his entire squad playing time before the World Cup.

So it was that England defeated Costa Rica 2-0 last night at Elland Road in a game that rarely came to life.

Everton's Jordan Pickford and Stoke goalkeeper Jake Butland are expected to battle it out for a starting place in England's opening World Cup Group G match against Tunisia on June 18 but Pope was happy he had the opportunity to impress Gareth Southgate.

Substitute Welbeck made certain of the win 14 minutes from time, though, diving to head home Dele Alli's cross, as England earned a vociferous send-off from the Leeds crowd before their opening match in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18.

In other friendlies, Iceland beat Ghana 2-0 (Kari Arnason 6 and Alfreo Finnbogason 40) while South Korea and Bolivia played to a goalless draw.

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"I thought his link-up was good".

"The first goal was a wonderful, wonderful strike and we've got real competition for places".

There's certainly an argument to be made in that regard with the Portuguese manager increasingly becoming frustrated with Rashford's inability to play the striker role that is needed for his tactics.

One would assume right wing-back is one of them.

"I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament".

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Rashford (centre) was too good. "We sometimes forget how old he is".

"I said to all the team before the game, I expect to see mistakes tonight and, if I don't, there might be a problem because we wouldn't be being as attack-minded as we want to be".

"We could go through 11 of those on the basis of what we saw tonight - and that's critical because we won't progress on 11 players chosen in the first game".

"I still need to get in the box a bit more to try and finish off some chances from crossing areas, so something to learn from each game".

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