International Friendly Report: England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

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

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

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.

"I think the injuries one is obviously something that's a nasty one and can crop up at any time, and to get through the two (warm-up) games and have nothing is a great sign". It isn't about scoring, it is about other people scoring and for me, it is about protecting a lot more.

It was just reward for a fine first-half performance but England lost some of their rhythm after the break, as Southgate made a number of changes, including handing goalkeeper Nick Pope his first taste of global football. But R & R (Rashford and Ruben) could work well as a plan B for some tricky situations the Three Lions are bound to find themselves in in Russian Federation.

"He made 10 changes for the Costa Rica game and you saw an identical performance to the one against Nigeria".

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 .

Costa Rica meet Belgium in a friendly on Monday before their World Cup group E opener with Serbia in Samara on Sunday June 17.

Jamie Vardy is another who may fall foul of Southgate's tactical preferences.

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Southgate rang the changes after the hour mark as Dele Alli, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope were introduced for the home side.

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

Manchester United striker Rashford hit a screamer for the 2-0 win.

But against Costa Rica, Rashford looked relaxed and confident on the ball, utilising his electric pace in the right moments but also toying with defenders as he stood on the ball out wide.

Jamie Vardy nearly got the second goal for the hosts in the 20th minute after going through inside the box but Real Madrid shot-stopper Keylor Navas came out quickly from his line to block the danger.

Costa Rica face tournament favourites Brazil as well as Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, and will need to show far more ambition once they get to Russian Federation if they are to replicate their heroics of four years ago.

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