Marcus Rashford names performance against Costa Rica his best for England

Marcus Rashford names performance against Costa Rica his best for England

He said: "If you look at Sterling, he gives the ball away a bit more in easy positions and I think Rashford plays better in an England shirt".

"We've spoken at length this week about how we're really proud to represent everybody but really the guy next to you is the most important one going into this tournament". It is obviously hard to think like that straight after it, but it was good that I got some time with my family just to switch off and refocus on the World Cup. I think the general patterns and defensive side of the game was good, movement of the ball was good, we looked a threat.

A first-team debut was handed to Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Jack Butland started in goal after missing the win over Nigeria at Wembley. However, in giving the second team a chance to perform, he now faces a problem.

Forward Goncalo Guedes staked his claim for a place in Portugal's starting line-up with two goals in the win over Algeria, which missed out on Russian Federation, at a soggy Stadium of Light in Lisbon.

Jamie Vardy, on paper perhaps the most in-form of England's forward players, laboured here, perhaps because deep-lying opponents offered little opportunity to showcase his ability to play on the shoulder of the last defender.

"Some of the individual situations like Danny and Raheem's have come up and have allowed us to talk about different things and support each other", the Three Lions boss said.

Some observers suggested Ashley Young and Fabian Delph, who are both options for Southgate at left-back, were picked for their versatility, but Bertrand believes he is well suited to the system England use.

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Costa Rica were the opponents in Leeds and were beaten 2-0.

The squad head to Russian Federation on Tuesday, but downtime is now the order of the day. I think he could sell it to the nation that this is just one for experience. "It's starting to get slightly dishevelled".

Compare that to the drab audiences that have played Wembley throughout the years and the potential sale of the stadium to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan can not come soon enough.

It looked like another plodding friendly between England and Costa Rica as the Three Lions get their final outing before heading off to Russian Federation.

"I don't see why it should be overly mental".

"But they've got to take these breaks as well because the energy levels needed for a tournament are very high". "As a team, we are hugely supportive of what he's done". It's important they get that switch off.

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