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World Cup 2018 England at Elland Road

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Marcus Rashford staked his claim to start England's World Cup campaign with a stunning strike in a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in a friendly in Leeds on Thursday. Elland Road has mastered the art of serving up a show in the days since the Championship season ended.

Gareth Southgate's side are now unbeaten in their last 10 games, which includes matches with Germany, Brazil and Italy.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after just 13 minutes, picking the ball up from 30 yards before driving a powerful shot past Keylor Navas.

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

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Jamie Vardy nearly got the second goal for the hosts in the 20th minute after going through inside the box but Real Madrid shot-stopper Keylor Navas came out quickly from his line to block the danger.

Rashford now wants England to head to Russian Federation with the belief that they can spring a surprise during the World Cup . Navas realised quickly that he was beaten and could only wave the ball into his net.

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.

A sold out Elland Road was treated to its first England worldwide since 2002 - and boy did the locals enjoy it. Jamie Vardy could have added to Rashford's goal before half-time, denied at close range by Navas, and while Butland dealt with Johan Venegas' curling effort before the half-hour, the traffic was mostly one way.

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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 Dele Alli's cross.

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. Next stop Russian Federation after a night when Elland Road regained its place on the worldwide map.

Henderson, meanwhile, told media on Friday he was happy to play in a more advanced role, if that's what Southgate wished. Subs (not used): Pickford, Heaton, Walker, Dier, Kane, Sterling, Young, Lallana, Livermore.

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