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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.

England 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
[2-0] Danny Welbeck 76 75:21
 5-yard header in off the ground from an Alli cross
  Rónald Matarrita 68 67:40
Giancarlo González 68 67:45
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Japan



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

Assistant Referees - Akane Yagi and Jun Milhara

Fourth official - Yusuke Araki

  Goal Attempts  
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England Team



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 captaincy.
Gary Cahill, 64th min. (63:42).
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 47 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 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 10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 8 4 GA
22 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 64th min. 19 7 October 1998 RWB Liverpool FC 1 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 27 2 July 1990 LWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 0
16 Jones, Philip A. 26 21 February 1992 RD Manchester United FC 25 0
5 Stones, John, off 65th min. 24 28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 26 0
6 Maguire, J. Harry 25 5 March 1993 LD Leicester City FC 5 0
17 Delph, Fabian 28 21 November 1989 M Manchester City FC 11 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 64th min. 27 17 June 1990 AM Liverpool FC 39 0
19 Rashford, Marcus 20 31 October 1997 LAM Manchester United FC 19 3
21 Loftus-Cheek, Ruben I., off 79th min. 22 23 January 1996 RAM Chelsea FC 4 0
11 Vardy, Jamie R., off 61st min. 31 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 26 November 1990 CLM Arsenal FC 39 16
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 64th min. (63:38) for Henderson 22 11 April 1996 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 2
12 Trippier, Kieran J., on 64th min. (63:44) for Alexander-Arnold 27 19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 0
23 Pope, Nicholas D., on 65th min. (64:02) for Butland 26 14 April 1992 GK Burnley FC only
1 0 GA
15 Cahill, Gary J., on 65th min. (64:07) for Stones 32 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 60 5
scoreline: England 2 Costa Rica 0
7 Lingard, Jesse E., on 79th min. (78:21) for Loftus-Cheek 25 15 December 1992 RAM Manchester United FC 12 1
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 -
(Trippier), Loftus-Cheek (Lingard), Henderson (Alli), Delph, Rose -
(Welbeck), Rashford

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 16.2 0.8

Costa Rica Team



FIFA (7 June 2018) 23rd
EFO ranking
ELO rating
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: Óscar Antonio Ramírez Hernández, 53 (8 December 1964), appointed 20 August 2015.
Costa Rica Lineup
1 Navas Gamboa, Keylor A. 31 15 December 1986 G Real Madrid CF, Spain 80 0
15 Calvo Quesada, Francisco J. 25 8 July 1992 RD Minnesota United FC, USA 37 4
3 González Castro, Giancarlo 30 8 February 1988 CD Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 69 2
González was cautioned in the 68th min. for Dissent, after he complained about the free-kick awarded after Matarrita tripped Loftus-Cheek.
19 Waston Manley, Kendall J. 30 1 January 1988 LD Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Canada 26 3
5 Borges Mora, Celso 30 27 May 1988 CM RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD, Spain 110 21
16 Gamboa Luna, Cristian E.,
off 72nd min.
28 24 October 1989 LM The Celtic FC, Scotland 67 3
20 Guzmán Pérez, David A., off
69th min.
28 18 February 1990 CM Portland Timbers, USA 42 0
8 Oviedo Jiménez, Bryan J., off
60th min.
28 18 February 1990 RM Sunderland AFC, England 43 1
21 Ureña Porras, Marco D. 28 5 March 1990 CF Los Angeles FC, USA 63 15
12 Campbell Samuels, Joel N. 26 26 June 1992 AM Arsenal FC, England 78 15
11 Vanegas Ulloa, Johan A., off
61st min.
29 27 November 1988 AM Minnesota United FC, USA 46 10
Costa Rica Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Costa Rica 0
22 Matarrita Ulate, Rónald A., on 60th min. (59:35) for Oviedo 23 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 Bolaños Navarro, Christian, on 61st min. (60:20) for Venegas 34 17 May 1984 AM Deportivo Saprissa SAD 80 6
17 Tejeda Valverde, Yeltsin I., on 69th min. (68:33) for Guzmán 26 17 March 1992 DM FC Lausanne-Sport, Switzerland 50 0
4 Smith Quirós, Ian R., on 72nd min. (71:21) for Gamboa 20 6 March 1998 LB IFK Norrköping, Sweden 3 0
result: England 2 Costa Rica 0

unused substitutes:

2-Johnny Acosta, 6-Óscar Duarte, 9-Daniel Colindres, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 13-Rodney Wallace, 14-Randell Azofeifa, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 23-Leonel Moreira, 24-David Ramírez.
3-4-3(2-1)  Navas -
Waston, González, Calvo -
(Smith), Guzman (Tejeda), Borges, Oviedo (Matarrita) -
(Bolanos), Campbell -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.5 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

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor