Rashford shines as England cruise past Costa Rica

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold

And given England's World Cup routes, whether winning or coming second in group G sees them likely to face either Brazil or Germany in the quarter-finals (should they get that far and both teams win their groups as expected) this will be something Southgate needs to work on in the final days before they travel to Russian Federation. A key component in Liverpool's march to the Champions League final this season, he is 7/2 to start on June 18 and will push Trippier all the way.

It was their final warm-up game prior to flying off to Russian Federation for the World Cup and a number of players were keen to squeeze their way into Gareth Southgate's thinking for the first group game against Tunisia in nine days time.

And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere! "I feel blessed and inspired every day". I'm improving, getting better all the time.

"I have been in constant dialogue with Gareth throughout the whole season really, not just since my last injury, the hamstring back in March, and he has been absolutely fantastic with me".

However, he is ready to move on now, and claims the chance to create history on the global stage is an ideal way to draw a line under his European dismay. "It will always be there because it hurts so much".

He said: "If you look at Sterling, he gives the ball away a bit more in easy positions and I think Rashford plays better in an England shirt". They are at an age and have hunger, enthusiasm and no little quality so they can certainly keep improving. So think it can help.

"I have got 11 or 12 that are going to be hard to leave out because there is genuine competition for places", Southgate said.

Although that included a debut for Chelsea defender Hannah Blundell, the 41-year-old would like a larger group of players to choose from as he chases a place at next summer's World Cup finals.

"My most outstanding moments watching England were Michael Owen's goal (against Argentina) in '98 and Beckham's free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford". That's what's best for the England national team and us as individuals.

"You can see that a lot of the lads are confident", said Henderson. Raheem Sterling heads to the World Cup off the back of an outstanding season with Manchester City, but his struggles to translate club form on the worldwide stage are well documented.

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

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