Arsenal legend Wright happy for Rashford after England performance

  • Arsenal legend Wright happy for Rashford after England performance

Arsenal legend Wright happy for Rashford after England performance

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. But if it means seeing more goals like that of Rashford's tonight, then I'm all for it.

But with Southgate reporting a clean bill of health following the two friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica, he now finds himself on the outside looking in.

For England, Jack Butland started in goal, back at the scene of a loan spell which comprehensively destroyed his World Cup chances in 2014.

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 .

"He had a hard end to the season having to play on his own as a number nine at times. We'll have to look at that", added Southgate.

"I probably caught it too well", he said.

"It (the mood) is great - we've had a positive three weeks in the camp as it is, in preparation, so I don't think we could have asked asked for anything better".

For the first time since May 2016 and just third since the opening of the New Wembley, England were playing a home game away from the dubbed "Home of Football".

He picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and unleashed an unstoppable, angled drive which left serial Champions League victor Navas flapping at thin air.

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However, there was a gulf in skill between England and Costa Rica, despite the fact that Southgate's lineup for the match was largely second string.

Navas kept his side in the game by denying Jamie Vardy from point-blank range as he latched onto Leicester teammate Harry Maguire's knockdown. Southgate held off making any changes until the hour mark and left Kane in reserve for the full 90 minutes as his side continued to control the game after the break. 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. A brace from Paris Saint-Germain forward Goncalo Guedes, who spent last season on loan at Valencia, and another strike from Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes secured a comfortable success.

Alexander-Arnold was handed his senior team debut after an impressive campaign at Liverpool which culminated in a Champions League final appearance two weeks ago.

And his very presence sparked a marked improvement in Portugal's attacking thrust as he was involved in nearly every risky move the hosts conjured until he was replaced on 74 minutes. Algeria did not qualify.