Danny Welbeck: Marcus Rashford "free to play" for England

International Friendly Report: England v Costa Rica 07 June 2018

Gareth Southgate's side fly to Russian Federation at the start of next week to start fine-tuning their preparations ahead of their opening Group G game in Volgograd a week on Monday.

Who to pick in goal? .

He featured in 35 Premier League games for the Red Devils, scoring and assisting a respectable seven and five goals respectively. Instead, England's trio of shot-stoppers have a mere 12 caps between them. His performances earned him a place in England's 23-man squad, and if he continues to display the energy and maturity he showed against Costa Rica, he's doing his chances of appearing at the World Cup no harm. The Manchester City forward has often carried the fight for England, but his finishing is lacking.

"We'll need that competition and we've had three weeks of excellent preparation".

And following his side's second successive success, in which he made 10 changes to the lineup that overcame Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, the 47-year-old told Sky Sports he has a number of hard calls to make ahead of the Group G opener on Monday week. "You can see the ability he has to hold people off, his speed and the strength when he is running with the ball". Or did a recent lack of club minutes leave questions to answer? "He played with a real swagger", said Southgate.

Rose or Young to be left back on the bench?

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Southgate said: 'Marcus is desperate to do well and we said to him and all the players we were expecting mistakes to be made.

"It's trying to create now and again, going forward and trying to start the play off". Danny Rose - who this week spoke so eloquently about his mental health struggles - looks the best option despite a stop-start campaign at Tottenham leaving the left-back conceding he was "very lucky" to be selected. It wasn't first team against Nigeria and second team today. "His performance wasn't flawless but he was enjoying his football and that was good to see".

England skipper Kane signs new 6-year deal with Tottenham
He wasn't helped by a back injury, though returned to Spurs early in April and may now departure the club this summer. Teddy Sheringham (97), Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane (both 91) came close but he is Tottenham's only centurion.

Henderson or Dier to start?

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England received a royal visit from Prince William ahead of the World Cup as they prepare to face Costa Rica in their final warm-up match on Thursday.

Costa Rica advanced through to the World Cup in second place in CONCACAF, finishing second behind Mexico and three points in front of England's group G opponents Panama.

"Every time I play for England I try to do my best and try to give everything". "It is a key decision, but that's management isn't it?"

Southgate said there was a mood of optimism in the camp.

Kane and who else is able?

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Since Neville's appointment, England have risen to second in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings - their highest ever position.

"Of course he has given Gareth Southgate something to think about, but if he plays Rashford as an attacking player does that mean Raheem doesn't play?"

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