Gareth Southgate delighted with England’s World Cup preparations

Wallace with the Sport Recife team ahead of a Copa Sudamericana clash

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

England hosted Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday night, with Jordan Henderson captaining his side.

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.

England will travel to Russian Federation on Tuesday on a wave of renewed sense of national optimism after Gareth Southgate's side signed off their World Cup preparation with two impressive victories.

Marcus first came on to the scene doing just that having scored in several of his debuts and there's hope he can be talismanic for Gareth Southgate's side.

Pope's rise has become a well-told story in recent weeks after he was called into the England squad for the first time in March, with the former milkman now heading to Russian Federation with the England squad.

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Following a hard season for several of the county's leading sides - with only Huddersfield Town flying the White Rose flag in the Premier League - the game will be a weclome fillip for the wider area, according to England manager Southgate.

"Football's coming home" chanted fans throughout a largely encouraging display from Southgate's young squad, who have a brief break before meeting up and heading to Russian Federation on Tuesday.

In both 2010 and 2014 England went to the World Cup unbeaten in their pre-tournament friendlies, only to wilt under the harsh glare of competition.

Costa Rica, who are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland, barely threatened Jack Butland's goal. "If I was thinking I have no one to play in this position or in that position, it would be a very different situation". We had energy, pressed really well.

"We have got a good chance".

England were in the ascendancy and Rashford was exciting the Yorkshire crowd with a number of flashy touches and silky skills.

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