'World class' Marcus Rashford gives Gareth Southgate England selection headache

England's Jamie Vardy warms up on the sideline during the match

Gareth Southgate made eight changes to the side that beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday and it was Marcus Rashford that put the home side ahead after 12 minutes when his stunning long-range strike fizzed past Keylor Navas.

So here are five talking points from their final World Cup warm-up match...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was bright in the early stages, bringing the ball forward from midfield with authority and playing a neat first-touch pass off his in-step after venturing to the edge of the Costa Rica box.

The shot sailed over the keeper's head and struck the net sweetly, with a nonchalant celebration suggesting this was not Rashford's first time. However, Navas, fresh off his third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid, was completely caught out moments later as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that dipped perfectly over him and into the top corner for his third worldwide goal.

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.

Welbeck was already the top scorer among England's World Cup squad and the Arsenal man extended that advantage by nodding home the second goal, from Dele's in-swinging cross.

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"I thought his link-up was good".

Rashford stood out in the opening 45 minutes, but every other player can also be pleased with their night's work.

Both sides made a host of alterations around the hour mark, which included a return to global action for the fit-again Christian Bolanos, while Burnley keeper Pope made his senior England bow in place of Butland.

"It will be hard not being in Russian Federation, but I want to wish all the lads all the best, especially Jordan [Henderson] and Trent [Alexander-Arnold]".

Southgate made 10 changes from the side that beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday with 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool handed his worldwide debut at right-back.

Costa Rica: Navas, Waston, Gonzalez, Calvo, Gamboa (Smith 71), Guzman (Tejeda 69), Borges, Oviedo (Matarrita 60), Venegas (Bolanos 60), Campbell, Urena. Subs (not used): Pemberton, Moreira, Acosta, Duarte, Colindres, Ruiz, Wallace, Azofeifa.

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