England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

England's Adam Lallana to bounce back from World Cup disappointment

And Southgate is entitled to be encouraged after a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica on Thursday in Leeds that will be remembered mostly for Marcus Rashford's spectacular first-half goal.

Southgate, whose squad fly to Russian Federation and their World Cup training base near St Petersburg on Tuesday, got what he wanted: a full house and a slick, tidy 2-0 win over a Costa Rica side who have the pleasure of Brazil in Group E and look like the poorest of picks in any office sweepstake. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

"I will play wherever he wants me to play - whether that is a more protective role or a more advanced role", said the Liverpool captain.

Thursday's worldwide friendly against Costa Rica saw England bag a 2-0 victory - their tenth consecutive match unbeaten.

Danny Welbeck also justified his inclusion in Gareth Southgate's squad by coming off the bench to seal the win.

"If I was sitting here thinking "blimey, we have got nobody to play there and nobody to play there" then it would be a very different situation".

Vardy was watched like a hawk by the Costa Rica defence and although he looked sharp enough before making way for Danny Welbeck in the 61st minute, he played second fiddle to Marcus Rashford, who was England's standout player on the night.

The 27-year-old was distraught as he trudged from the field in Kiev, and admits it took him a while to get over the intense disappointment of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat.

"You can see that a lot of the lads are confident".


Rashford unleashed a dipping drive from the right in the 13th minute, that flew past Keylor Navas.

Some observers suggested Ashley Young and Fabian Delph, who are both options for Southgate at left-back, were picked for their versatility, but Bertrand believes he is well suited to the system England use.

"He made 10 changes for the Costa Rica game and you saw an identical performance to the one against Nigeria".

However, both started the Three Lions' friendly victory against Nigeria at Wembley last weekend, and Lingard believes they can thrive as a potent pair in Russian Federation when the tournament gets underway.

England's players were given a final pre-World Cup break after the Costa Rica match, before reconvening on Saturday evening and lining up for an internal match on Monday.

"I know I shouldn't mention it but I've got a tattoo of it on my arm!" he said this week of the No.10 after some unwanted attention for tattoos.

"But I have a good record scoring goals for England".

Costa Rica get their World Cup E campaign under way against Serbia on June 17 in Samara.

England start their World Cup Group G campaign in Russian Federation against Tunisia on June 18 and they will head into that fixture in Volgograd in good spirits after two friendly wins.

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