Rashford stars as England beat Costa Rica in warm-up

Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter-finalists                                       Our World Cup countdown continues as we look at the 2014 quarter

Despite that, his England dream wasn't dashed until after the Three Lions' final warmup against Costa Rica on Thursday, when manager Gareth Southgate told him and Tom Heaton they would no longer be consider should the team suffer a costly injury.

As it was, the goal was merely the highlight of a pre-tournament friendly and as such will likely only go down as a footnote in his burgeoning Three Lions career. It was his goal, however, that will make his claims for a starting place harder to ignore for Southgate.

Over the course of last season, Mourinho opted to play Romelu Lukaku as his only striker. Where would Rashford sit should that move come to fruition?

England had won the World Cup in 1966 on home soil, beating bitter rivals Germany 4-2 in the final, courtesy a hat-trick by Geoff Hurst and a controversial third goal awarded to the hosts by Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst.

'I feel in good physical form leading up to the tournament. There were connections with United's ever-productive academy today - Danny Rose and Fabian Delph, the latter very much amongst friends in these parts - but the last England squad to play here back in 2002 included three players who were drawing a wage at Elland Road. Then they might produce some of the moments we saw from Marcus. That was world-class, but he was also teasing defenders by the touchline.

Despite scoring a second against Costa Rica after the break, England let their opponents back into the game on Thursday night and a better team would have undoubtedly punished them more.

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Unlike at City, where Guardiola still largely utilises Sterling's pace on the wing, Southgate has handed him the number 10 shirt to create from a central role just off England's talisman Harry Kane.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another exciting midfield option, sparkling in the first half against Costa Rica as he underlined his undoubted potential.

With the final warm-up friendlies out of the way and Group G opener against Tunisia edging closer, Press Association Sport's Simon Peach takes a look at some of the decisions Southgate has to make before June 18.

For all their excitement and everything positive in the first halves of England's matches against Nigeria and Costa Rica, their play slipped after half-time in both games.

Southgate made changes after the interval, introducing Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard, Nick Pope, Dele Alli and Gary Cahill. None of us are going to get excited or get out of bed just for getting out of the group.

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