Bertrand blames Southgate 'oversight' for England World Cup squad omission


Rashford dazzled as England defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in a pre-World Cup fixture in Leeds on Thursday - the 20-year-old capping his performance with a stunning 25-yard strike.

A first-team debut was handed to Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Jack Butland started in goal after missing the win over Nigeria at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate has welcomed a selection headache for England ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation after their impressive 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck secured victory from another injury-free evening, giving the England manager a welcome selection headache ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

"We could go through 11 of those on the basis of what we saw tonight - and that's critical because we won't progress on 11 players chosen in the first game".

Danny Welbeck is setting his sights on going past David Beckham in England's scoring charts after underlining his worldwide credentials against Costa Rica.

England's victory in Leeds followed Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria but perhaps more importantly, Southgate's squad appear to have avoided picking up any injuries as they prepare to fly to Russian Federation.

"What we want is, and I'm not going to give you a stage in the tournament... but, I'm going to give it away slightly, we haven't won a knock-out game since 2006", Glenn said.

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Almost five years after his first loan appearance for the Minstermen, the 26-year-old's meteoric rise hit new heights in Thursday night's 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road, when he came on as a 65th-minute substitute for Jack Butland.

"Obviously I have been a lot more used to the more entrenched position, but I would be pretty comfortable in either position".

"When one comes off in a game, it's the reward you get for the practice", he told ITV.

But since then, successive England teams have struggled to live up to sometimes unrealistic expectations, failing to win at the World Cup and the European Championships. "This year, I feel in better condition and that's good".

Rashford end the club season with a career-best 13 goals for United, while his latest effort for England means that he now has three for his country in 19 appearances.

While it might be wiser for England supporters to rein in their optimism before the World Cup actually starts, there appears to be grounds for positivity.

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