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Arsenal legend Wright happy for Rashford after England performance

Arsenal legend Wright happy for Rashford after England performance”

He cut a confident figure throughout the whole game and showed off his best footwork and trickery before firing in a stunning 25-year strike to open the scoring in the 13th minute, and he described the match as his best in an England shirt afterwards.

Gareth Southgate's side are now unbeaten in their last 10 games, which includes matches with Germany, Brazil and Italy. The substitutes began coming and one of them, Danny Welbeck, was on hand to dispatch a diving header after Rashford and Dele Alli cut through Costa Rica's defence.

Pope made 39 appearances as Burnley finished seventh with England manager Gareth Southgate naming him in his 23-man World Cup squad.

And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere!

That proved to be the final piece of goal-mouth action in the half as England ended their World Cup preparations on a high.

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 .

The key question now for Southgate is whether he opts to play Rashford in attack alongside Harry Kane or whether Raheem Sterling will keep that role.

The Three Lions imposed themselves in the early stages of what was their final warm-up match ahead of the FIFA World Cup, and looked threatening on the wings.

And Rashford felt his performance in Thursday's game, in which Danny Welbeck headed in the second goal, was helped by his more carefree approach.

Rashford zipped around the pitch with extreme confidence, looking risky every time he touched the ball.

The attackers looked void of any creativity and confidence going up against an England back-three still working out their kinks, with just three of their eight shots hitting the target. However, Navas, fresh off his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid, was completely caught out moments later as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that dipped perfectly over him and into the top corner for his third global goal.

Costa Rica are in a tough group against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup and while nobody would have expected them to win, even second place may be looking like a push at the moment.



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