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10 June, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Candice Daniels
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It was England's last warm-up match before kick-off at Russian Federation 2018 and, while the Burnley number one starts the summer as third-choice behind Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford, he has hailed the competition between the shot-stoppers.

Navas was a hero of Costa Rica's incredible run to the World Cup quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil, helping to knock England out of the group stages on the way.

Southgate's side honed their skills at a sold-out Elland Road on Thursday evening as they followed the win against Nigeria by beating Costa Rica in a manner more stirring than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

The match was the last for both teams before their World Cup openers, with England facing Tunisia on 18 June and Costa Rica meeting Serbia the day before.

Asserting that England has no chance of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, legendary striker Gary Linekar said that current coach Gareth Southgate should give youngsters a chance to gain experience for future tournaments. "His communication with the players is one of his greatest strengths - he never messes you around, so you know where you stand and that's been the case since he called me to say I wouldn't be in the 23".

The 47-year-old also singled out Loftus-Cheek as another player firmly knocking on his door for a place on the team sheet.

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

French Open glance: Keys, Stephens resume rivalry in Paris
Stephens struggled to reproduce her performance during the fortnight at Flushing Meadows over the remainder of the season. Novak Djokovic found himself two sets down against Marco Cecchinato, losing the second set 7-6 (4) in a tiebreak.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas was completely caught out moments later, though, as Rashford unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards for his third worldwide goal.

"Obviously, Delph as an eight is a different type of player to Dele (Alli) as an eight but very effective tonight and we'll have different moments in games where we need those different types of players".

The Rashford we saw for England on Thursday nearly looked like a completely different player to the unconfident, stressed Rashford we saw in Man United's FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.

With talisman Cristiano Ronaldo back in the side, Portugal strolled to a 3-0 win over Algeria in a World Cup warm-up match in Lisbon on Thursday.

Jamie Vardy was denied by a flying Navas from point-blank range as England pressed their advantage, although Jack Butland made a good save to deny Johan Venegas after a rare Costa Rica break.

'I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament. Ghana, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, hit back through Kasim Nuhu before Thomas Partey fired home three minutes from time.

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