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FINAL MEETING vs. COSTA RICA
Thursday, 7 June 2018
A Vauxhall World Cup Finals warm-up Friendly match


England 2 Costa Rica 0 [1-0]
 

Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Kick-off (BST): 8.01pm.
Attendance: 36,104.

Marcus Rashford kicked-off. 94 minutes 46:03 & 48:04 Match Summary
England Squad
Costa Rica Squad
[1-0] Marcus Rashford 13 12:13
 25-yard dipping shot high over the keeper from a Loftus-Cheek lay-off
 
[2-0] Danny Welbeck header 76 75:21
 5-yard header in off the ground from an Alli cross
 
   
  R�nald Matarrita 68 67:40
Giancarlo Gonz�lez 68 67:45
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle
 

Match Summary

Officials from Japan

England

Type

Costa Rica
Referee (light blue) - Hiroyuki Kimura
36 (30 January 1982), Chiba, FIFA-listed 2014.

Assistant Referees - Akane Yagi and Jun Milhara, 36 (16 June 1981), Shimane.
Fourth official - Yusuke Araki
, 32 (2 May 1986), Tokyo.

10 Goal Attempts 8
6 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 1
2 Offside Calls Against 2
8 Fouls Conceded 14
62.7% Possession 37.3%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (7 June 2018) =12th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The Nike 2018 away uniform - Red v-necked jerseys with a shadowed St. George's flag, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Jordan Henderson
(sixth & final captaincy)
Gary Cahill, 64th min. (63:42).
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 47 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
eighteenth match, W 10 - D 6 - L 2 - F 27 - A 11.
England Lineup
13 Butland, Jack, off 65th min. 25
28 days
10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 8 4 GA
1233 22 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 64th min. 19
243 days
7 October 1998 RWB Liverpool FC 1 0
the 74th Liverpool player to represent England
3 Rose, Daniel L. 27
340 days
2 July 1990 LWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 0
16 Jones, Philip A. 26
106 days
21 February 1992 RD Manchester United FC 25 0
5 Stones, John, off 65th min. 24
10 days
28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 26 0
6 Maguire, J. Harry 25
33 days
5 March 1993 LD Leicester City FC 5 0
21 Loftus-Cheek, Ruben I., off 79th min. 22
135 days
23 January 1996 RAM Chelsea FC 4 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 64th min. 27
355 days
17 June 1990 AM Liverpool FC 39 1
17 Delph, Fabian 28
198 days
21 November 1989 LAM Manchester City FC 11 0
19 Rashford, Marcus 20
219 days
31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC 19 3
11 Vardy, Jamie R., off 61st min. 31
147 days
11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 22 7
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Costa Rica 0
14 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 61st min. (60:14) for Vardy 27
193 days
26 November 1990 CLM Arsenal FC 39 25 16
14
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 64th min. (63:38) for Henderson 22
57 days
11 April 1996 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 17 2
8
12 Trippier, Kieran J., on 64th min. (63:44) for Alexander-Arnold 27
261 days
19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 6 0
1
1234 23 Pope, Nicholas D., on 65th min. (64:02) for Butland 26
54 days
14 April 1992 GK Burnley FC 1 0 GA
the 29th Burnley player to represent England
15 Cahill, Gary J., on 65th min. (64:07) for Stones 32
170 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 60 56 5
4
the fortieth player to reach this milestone
scoreline: England 2 Costa Rica 0
7 Lingard, Jesse E., on 79th min. (78:21) for Loftus-Cheek 25
174 days
15 December 1992 RAM Manchester United FC 12 6 1
6
result: England 2 Costa Rica 0

unused substitutes:

1-Jordan Pickford, 2-Kyle Walker, 4-Eric Dier, 9-Harry Kane, 10-Raheem Sterling, 18-Ashley Young, 24-Tom Heaton, 25-Adam Lallana, 26-Jake Livermore.
 
3-5-2 Butland (Pope) -
Jones, Stones
(Cahill), Maguire -
Alexander-Arnold
(Trippier), Loftus-Cheek (Lingard), Henderson (Alli), Delph, Rose -
Vardy
(Welbeck), Rashford

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 138 days Appearances/Goals 16.2 0.8
 

Costa Rica Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (7 June 2018) 23rd
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
26th
Colours: Made by New Balance - White round-collared jerseys with black collar and black/white halved sleeve panels, black shorts, white socks.
Capt: Keylor Navas Coach: �scar Antonio Ram�rez Hern�ndez, 53 (8 December 1964), appointed 20 August 2015.
Costa Rica Lineup
1 Navas Gamboa, Keylor A. 31
174 days
15 December 1986 G Real Madrid CF, Spain 80 0
19 Waston Manley, Kendall J. 30
157 days
1 January 1988 RD Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Canada 26 3
3 Gonz�lez Castro, Giancarlo 30
119 days
8 February 1988 CD Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 69 2
Gonz�lez was cautioned in the 68th min. for Dissent, after he complained about the free-kick awarded after Matarrita tripped Loftus-Cheek.
15 Calvo Quesada, Francisco J. 25
334 days
8 July 1992 LD Minnesota United FC, USA 37 4
16 Gamboa Luna, Cristian E.,
off 72nd min.
28
226 days
24 October 1989 RM The Celtic FC, Scotland 67 3
5 Borges Mora, Celso 30
11 days
27 May 1988 CM RC Deportivo La Coru�a SAD, Spain 110 21
20 Guzm�n Pérez, David A., off
69th min.
28
109 days
18 February 1990 CM Portland Timbers, USA 42 0
8 Oviedo Jim�nez, Bryan J., off
60th min.
28
109 days
18 February 1990 LM Sunderland AFC, England 43 1
12 Campbell Samuels, Joel N. 26
346 days
26 June 1992 RAM Arsenal FC, England 78 15
11 Vanegas Ulloa, Johan A., off
61st min.
29
192 days
27 November 1988 LAM Minnesota United FC, USA 46 10
21 Ure�a Porras, Marco D. 28
33 days
5 March 1990 CF Los Angeles FC, USA 63 15
Costa Rica Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Costa Rica 0
22 Matarrita Ulate, R�nald A., on 60th min. (59:35) for Oviedo 23
333 days
9 July 1994 LB New York City FC, USA 23 2
Matarrita was cautioned in the 68th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he tripped Loftus-Cheek as he was running towards the penalty area.
7 Bola�os Navarro, Christian, on 61st min. (60:20) for Venegas 34
21 days
17 May 1984 AM Deportivo Saprissa SAD 80 6
17 Tejeda Valverde, Yeltsin I., on 69th min. (68:33) for Guzm�n 26
21 days
17 March 1992 DM FC Lausanne-Sport, Switzerland 50 0
4 Smith Quir�s, Ian R., on 72nd min. (71:21) for Gamboa 20
32 days
6 March 1998 LB IFK Norrk�ping, Sweden 3 0
result: England 2 Costa Rica 0

unused substitutes:

2-Johnny Acosta, 6-�scar Duarte, 9-Daniel Colindres, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 13-Rodney Wallace, 14-Randell Azofeifa, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 23-Leonel Moreira, 24-David Ram�rez.
 
3-4-3(2-1)  Navas -
Waston, Gonz�lez, Calvo -
Gamboa
(Smith), Borges, Guzman (Tejeda), Oviedo (Matarrita) -
Campbell, Venegas
(Bolanos) -
Ure�a.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 305 days Appearances/Goals 60.1 6.7

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

This very interesting and entertaining international friendly ended England's build-up to the World Cup Finals in Russia on a high as they played very well to secure a 2-0 win.  The match was played in Leeds, at Elland Road, and this could be a forerunner of things to come if the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium goes ahead.  Certainly the atmosphere was electric and the crowd really got behind their team, not something that always happens at Wembley.

The match began with England on the front foot and they were soon winning a corner.  Marcus Rashford, right from the kick-off, showed some of the natural ability that earned him an England call-up in the first part of his fledgling career.  For the first time in ages he really looked as though he was enjoying his football, and the Costa Rican defenders didn't quite know how to handle his pace and his skill.  In the 8th minute Rashford won a corner and from it the ball went just over from Phil Jones's header, which scraped the bar and the goalkeeper's hand to give England another corner.  This came to nothing but England continued with the aggressive opening and they were rewarded by a fine goal in the 13th minute.

A quick inter-passing move involving Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Rashford ended with the Manchester United player trying his luck from range.  England players have been reluctant to try long range shots over recent internationals, but not this time.  Rashford hit an absolute gem of a shot which dipped into the top far corner with the goalkeeper completely perplexed.

England were totally in command at this point and they dominated possession.  Gareth Southgate had particularly asked for a non-European referee for this game and the Japanese official did baffle players with some of his decisions, notably when Loftus-Cheek was penalised for no apparent reason!  Still, England continued to shine, with Danny Rose down the left, and Fabian Delph in midfield getting through a lot of good work.  Rashford combined with that pair in one good move down the left, and then on 20 minutes Jamie Vardy saw a shot well smothered by the Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, after the ball had been headed across goal to him.  Four minutes later another good move, this time down the right side, saw Jones have a shot which deflected into the keeper's hands.  Rashford was playing really well and twice he shut down defenders to good effect.  But then, on 27 minutes, Costa Rica fashioned a chance of their own.

England lost concentration at a throw-in and the ball dropped to Johan Vanegas, who cut inside and unleashed a good shot aimed at the far post.  Jack Butland, who had had little to do up to that point, dived well to his left to tip the ball around the post.  That was a reminder to England to stay alert at all times.

England remained in control however, and more good play from Rashford won them a free-kick.  Challenges on the goalkeeper were a no no, for the referee though and England were pulled up for the most innocuous of challenges.  Another brilliant pass from Rashford put Jordan Henderson away but his cross was just over-hit as Vardy came in.  England's dominance had deserved more than the one goal and they must somehow find a way of killing teams off when they have them at their mercy.

Debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold, was having an impressive first game and one lovely cross was only just deflected for a corner as the England front players attacked the ball.  As the half drew to a close the beleaguered visiting defenders were showing some desperation at the back and they only just managed to head away another Alexander-Arnold cross, before Rashford made another fine run only to be stopped when almost through.  Delph, Loftus-Cheek and especially Rashford had been the pick of the players as the half-time whistle blew.  The 1-0 scoreline had hardly reflected England's dominance.

England began the second-half, again on the front foot, but a shot by Marco Urena had to be dealt with by the alert Butland.  On 56 minutes only a fine save by Navas prevented a second goal.  Henderson was twice involved, first with a fine pass to Vardy, and then, as the ball was half cleared, he followed up to fire in a fierce shot which Navas somehow deflected away for a corner.  Harry Maguire then also had a chance and his header was kicked off the line by Bryan Oviedo.  Understandably perhaps, remembering what a fast pace had been shown thus far, both teams showed signs of flagging around the hour mark and England allowed Christian Gamboa far too much room for a shot.  Luckily he fired it over the bar.

The next five minutes saw England make five substitutions with Danny Welbeck coming on for Vardy and then Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Butland and Stones were replaced by Deli Alli, Kieran Trippier, Nick Pope (for his first cap), and Gary Cahill.  Costa Rica also made changes and for a while England's earlier give and go excellence had faded somewhat, with the give there but not the go.  But any uncertainty was ended with a second goal for England on 76 minutes.  It was a good move too, with Rashford and Alli combining for the latter to aim a cross-shot at the far post.  Actually it turned into more of a cross but it landed perfectly for Welbeck to race in and head home from close range.

England effectively won the match with that second goal, and they saw the rest of the game out with some comfort.  Delph was now playing the anchor role in midfield, and performing very well.  With six minutes to go fine play down the right by England saw Trippier, Rashford and Delph combine to give Phil Jones a chance, but the defender's final shot was deflected into the keeper's arms.  Pope confidently saved from Ronald Matarrita at his near post and Urena fired another shot wide.  It was token attempts though as the game was won.  The crowd were impressed with England's display and the players can certainly go to Russia with every confidence of doing well.  Only time will tell, but everyone will be wishing them good luck, and that goes without saying.  And if players like Marcus Rashford can play as well as he did against Costa Rica, then who knows?  Man of the Match?  No contest!
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
 
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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