Marcus Rashford names performance against Costa Rica his best for England

Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter-finalists                                       Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter

Everton's Jordan Pickford and Stoke goalkeeper Jake Butland are expected to battle it out for a starting place in England's opening World Cup Group G match against Tunisia on June 18 but Pope was happy he had the opportunity to impress Gareth Southgate.

Five minutes later he had underlined his brimming confidence levels with a howitzer of a shot that whistled past Keylor Navas and set England on their way to a 2-0 victory in their final friendly before departing for the World Cup in Russian Federation next week.

Southgate's side honed their skills at a sold-out Elland Road on Thursday evening as they followed the win against Nigeria by beating Costa Rica in a manner more stirring than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

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Henderson has re-joined a squad that appears much more relaxed and unified than some of the previous groups that have represented England on the World Cup stage.

"What pleased me most is that he enjoyed his football tonight and he played with a real swagger", said the England manager.

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A stunning strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header gave a confident-looking England victory over the Central Americans in a meeting of two World Cup qualifiers in Leeds.

The 27-year-old was distraught as he trudged from the field in Kiev, and admits it took him a while to get over the intense disappointment of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat.

"Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I want to be out there, but these things happen, it's the circumstances and I wish the lads the best of luck", said Lallana.

Rashford's dipping drive on 13 minutes was the highlight of an all-round satisfactory evening for Southgate as the hosts extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, stretching back almost a year.

The 20-year-old has not been able to flourish like this since he first broke into the United team, ironically under Louis van Gaal. "(Fabian) Delph as a number eight is different from Dele (Alli) as a number eight". "Best performance for England?".

'You work on them [goals] in training every day and when one comes up in a game it's a reward, ' said Rashford. Ghana, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, hit back through Kasim Nuhu before Thomas Partey fired home three minutes from time. Southgate has stuck to his principles, which meant a gentle explanation that he would not pick Chris Smalling because he wanted better passers of a ball at the back.

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