Welbeck explains why Rashford is thriving with England
Jun 09 2018 by Marjorie Miles
The Three Lions imposed themselves in the early stages of what was their final warm-up match ahead of the FIFA World Cup, and looked threatening on the wings.
In the opening half, with Manchester United forward Rashford influential in the inside-left role, England showed their pace and comfort on the ball but after the interval the game became slower and much less interesting.
Sterling moved to North London at the age of five with his mother, and his abundant talent on the football field soon became recognised as he was snapped up by Queen's Park Rangers and then Liverpool as a 15-year-old. "You wouldn't want to play against him and Kane". When he was appointed after Sam Allardyce's resignation one game into the qualifying campaign, he seemed a place-man, a safe pair of hands who was already on the FA staff.
Has Rashford's goal sealed his played in starting XI? Southgate, reflecting on Eriksson's oratory, said England "needed Winston Churchill but got Iain Duncan Smith".
Little threat was evident when he received possession 30 yards out, not too far from the right touchline.
That was the one decision Southgate has made that has drawn any criticism, with some arguing that there was time between the end of the season and the start of the tournament for Lallana to get fit. He's still filling out, he's still growing. "Today he had that exuberance and was teasing defenders".
Rashford endured a hard end to the season at United, scoring just four times in 2018 at club level, and suffering some stinging criticism from Jose Mourinho. Whisper it, but there is a sense of happiness around the national team that has been conspicuously absent under previous regimes.
Henderson, meanwhile, told media on Friday he was happy to play in a more advanced role, if that's what Southgate wished.
"I'm going to get my hair cut, for a start". 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.
The dismissal of Costa Rica with substituteDanny Welbeck adding the second goal meant the hosts extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, going back almost a year.
Rashford was in and out of the United team during 2017/18 but still appeared in 52 of the Reds' 56 games in all competitions - more than any other player - and was involved in 22 goals (scoring 13 and assisting nine).