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.


Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut and Jordan Henderson also started as England ran out 2-0 winners over Costa Rica on Thursday night. You either select players, or you choose your system and pick the best people to fit into it.

"He had a hard end to the season having to play on his own as a No. 9 at times".

"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".


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.

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

However, there was a gulf in class even between Southgate's largely second string line-up and the Central Americans as England dominated. I still need to get in the box a bit more to finish off chances.


Ronaldo set up the second in the 37th minute when he sped down the left and provided a pinpoint cross which Fernandes met with a powerful downward header for his first global goal.

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