Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

Simon Evans
Rashford's screamer in England win over Costa Rica

A stunning strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header sparked a confident-looking England to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their pre-World Cup friendly at Elland Road.

Rashford, who impressed throughout with his speed and control, fired England ahead in the 13th minute, unleashing a dipping diagonal drive from the right which flew past helpless Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.

England, whose manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes from the side which beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, dominated possession against a mostly unadventurous Costa Rica but created few clear chances on Thursday.

After the break, Jordan Henderson forced a fine save out of Navas with a blast from the edge of the box and defender Harry Maguire had a header cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

The win was wrapped up in the 76th minute when substitute Welbeck, for some a surprise choice in England's World Cup squad, stooped to head in a Dele Alli cross.

Rashford (centre) was too good. Pic: Getty

"I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament. I still need to get in the box a bit more to finish off chances. It means a lot to be involved but going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim," said the 20-year-old Rashford.

"We have got a good chance. Anything is possible and we have to go there with the highest expectations."

England start their World Cup Group G campaign in Russia against Tunisia on June 18, while Costa Rica open against Serbia, a day earlier, in Group E.

Portugal, meanwhile, beat Algeria 3-0 with Goncalo Guedes netting a brace and Bruno Fernandes completing the scoring.

Guedes, with nine appearances and one goal before Thursday, fired Portugal in the front in the 17th minute after William Carvalho hit a long ball over the Algeria defence and the lively Bernando Silva cushioned a header invitingly into his path.

England's Danny Wellbeck, left, scores for England against Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds

Ronaldo set up the second in the 37th minute when he sped down the left and provided a pinpoint cross which Fernandes met with a powerful downward header for his first international goal.

A similar move led to the third goal as Raphael Guerreiro burst down the left and Guedes met his cross with a bullet header into the roof of the net in the 55th minute.

"There were some good things and a lot to improve, but the first 20 minutes were very good," said coach Santos, who refused to give anything away about his starting line-up.

"The 23 are all ready to play, that is the most important thing."

In other friendlies, Iceland beat Ghana 2-0 (Kari Arnason 6 and Alfreo Finnbogason 40) while South Korea and Bolivia played to a goalless draw.