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England beat Costa Rica

London, June 8: England concluded their World Cup preparations in impressive fashion by comfortably beating Costa Rica 2-0 at the Elland Road stadium here.

Manager Gareth Southgate made 10 changes from Saturday’s win against Nigeria at Wembley — and was rewarded with some fine individual displays and a commanding team performance in their final friendly on Thursday before they depart for Russia.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was the standout performer, pressing his World Cup claims with an outstanding first-half strike to put England ahead and threatening throughout. IANS

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