A goal each from Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck were enough for England against Costa Rica at a packed out Elland Road.
England controlled the first half from the first minute; with England World Cup songs booming around and the crosses of St.George being waved at all corners of the ground. England had a lot of possession in the middle of the park with Danny Rose and Trent Alexander Arnold offering width and then the pace of Vardy and Rashford chances were inevitable.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half with a wonderful dipping strike from Rashford which left Keylor Navas stranded. Vardy nearly doubled England’s lead from close range but Navas was there to smother the ball.
Similarly to England’s previous warm up game against Nigeria they were not able to transfer this assertiveness into the second half; saying that skipper for the evening Jordan Henderson stung the palms of Navas with a powerful shot. The fluidity of the game was interrupted due to a large number of substitutions from both sides including Nick Pope being brought on for his debut in replace of Jack Butland in goal.
Substitute Danny Welbeck doubled England’s lead when he headed in from close range. Towards the end of the game England began to be a bit sloppy with stray passes and taking too much time on the ball. Unfortunately for Costa Rica they were unable to capitalise on these mistakes.
England’s first game is against Tunisia on Monday the 18th of June whilst Costa Rica take on Serbia on the 17th of June.