Trent Alexander-Arnold to make England senior debut against Costa Rica

Sherman Parsons
June 8, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate admitted Marcus Rashford had given him a hard decision to make ahead of the World Cup with a stunning strike in a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica on Thursday (June 7).

Next up for England will be their World Cup opener against Tunisia on June 18th, so here are five things we learned from their final World Cup warm-up match.

Gareth Southgate could not be happier with England's World Cup preparations given the kinship and qualities his group are displaying.

Danny Welbeck headed in the second goal to seal the victory after manager Gareth Southgate rested a host of players including captain Harry Kane.

Among that number is Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the full-back, 19, likely to be handed a full debut tomorrow.

Firstly Henderson's great pass from deep opened a chance for England, with the Reds skipper latching onto the end of the move and smashing in a shot which Navas saved.

Marcus Rashford has enjoyed the best last six months in a Man United shirt but he has looked at home on the global stage since day one, and judging by his performance against Costa Rica he could be ready to the the World Cup by storm.

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England beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday and will face a tricky test against fellow-qualifiers Costa Rica, who reached the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil.

However, Real Madrid's Champions League-winning goalkeeper could only watch in wonderment in the 13th minute as the ball flew in.

Manchester United fans and England fans were absolutely blown away by Marcus Rashford after he netted a stunner against Costa Rica.

From the resulting corner, Bryan Oviedo cleared Maguire's goalbound header off the line.

England's rhythm was then stunted by five quickfire substitutions, including a debut for Burnley's Nick Pope in goal.

Rashford played in Dele Alli and his low cross found fellow substitute Welbeck at the far post. Alex Iwobi cut the lead in half but it wasn't enough as England emerged victorious at the final whistle.

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