Prince William visits Team England ahead of World Cup

Tanya Simon
June 9, 2018

Gareth Southgate has been given the target of taking England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation by the Football Association.

The friendly was played just 11 days before the Three Lions' opening World Cup match in Russian Federation against Tunisia.

He was a constant menace to the Costa Rican defence, scoring his sensational goal early and continuing to elude the opposition defence as he pushed for a starting spot in Southgate's side to face Tunisia in their WC opener. There were connections with United's ever-productive academy today - Danny Rose and Fabian Delph, the latter very much amongst friends in these parts - but the last England squad to play here back in 2002 included three players who were drawing a wage at Elland Road. He was excellent for England two years ago at the European Championships and bettors are getting behind him: he was backed in from 11/10 to 1/2 immediately after the Costa Rica game.

England's players were given a final pre-World Cup break after the Costa Rica match, before reconvening on Saturday evening and lining up for an internal match on Monday. Having been given some extra time off following Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo made his 150th global appearance for Portugal.

"He's still learning the game, really, which I know sounds freaky because he is now an England worldwide, but he has so few league appearances that he is incredibly raw".

Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas was completely caught out moments later, though, as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards for his third global goal.

He opened his account against Belgium in 2012 and has now bagged a total of 16 goals in 39 games. It was just sort of bobbling about so I thought I would have a go.

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The England worldwide has struggled for game time at Old Trafford since the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

"He is a super exciting talent and, again, he is different to the other players that we have".

But England ultimately came through their warm-up matches unscathed and with two confidence-boosting victories.

Gareth Southgate has welcomed a selection headache for England ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation after their impressive 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Harry Kane , Raheem Sterling and Dele Ali are among 15 substitutes for England that include Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana, the three players on the standby list for Russian Federation.

It's fair to say nobody had a bad game against Costa Rica.

Substitutes: 22 Ronald Matarrita for Ovideo 61, 7 Christian Bolanos for Venegas 61, 17 Yeltsin Tejeda for Guzman 69, 4 Ian Smith for Gamboa 72. Subs (not used): Pemberton, Moreira, Acosta, Duarte, Colindres, Ruiz, Wallace, Azofeifa.

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