June 7, 2018 / 9:03 PM / 13 days ago

Soccer-Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

LEEDS, England, June 7 (Reuters) - A stunning strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header gave a confident-looking England a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their pre-World Cup friendly at Elland Road on Thursday.

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping diagonal drive from the right which flew past helpless Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

England, whose manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes from the side which beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, dominated possession against a mostly unadventurous Costa Rica but created few clear chances.

After the break, Jordan Henderson forced a fine save out of Navas with a blast from the edge of the box and defender Harry Maguire had a header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

The win was wrapped up in the 76th minute when substitute Welbeck, for some a surprise choice in England’s World Cup squad, stooped to head in a Dele Alli cross.

England start their World Cup Group G campaign in Russia against Tunisia on June 18, while Costa Rica open against Serbia, a day earlier, in Group E.

Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Toby Davis

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