England aim for World Cup quarter-finals

England aim for World Cup quarter-finals

England aim for World Cup quarter-finals

We've a sneaking suspicion this won't go down too well with Manchester United supporters.

England dominated possession against a mostly unadventurous Costa Rica but created few clear chances.

In the 3-5-2 system, the wing-backs are vital to the team as they are required to provide the width going forward while maintaining their defensive duties.

Rashford's "flip-flap" was among those moments of excitement and earned an eighth-minute corner from which Phil Jones sent a looping header that was tipped over by Costa Rica's star man Keylor Navas. With the sale of the national stadium being debated at present - and one of the suggested benefits being more freedom to take the Three Lions away from the capital more frequently - it is a big night in PR terms.

Pace can cause problems to any defence, and this is a quality England have which can help them potentially go far in Russian Federation should they use it right. Ashley Young could also play at left-wing back, whilst Marcus Rashford could partner Harry Kane up top. On the turn, he took the ball off Rueben Loftus-Cheek.

"You want to know who is in form and any time a player has 10 minutes or 90 minutes on the field, they have an opportunity to make a statement in the way they play".

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Costa Rica advanced through to the World Cup in second place in CONCACAF, finishing second behind Mexico and three points in front of England's group G opponents Panama. He also said that they had group discussions on key issues such as how to respond to potential racism in Russian Federation this month and also on tactics - which the players are encouraged to contribute to.

This new-look England should be a source of excitement.

It was Costa Rica's only threat in a dominant first-half display by England. "Sometimes I think: 'They're never going to go for this.' They're at times painstakingly putting up with some of the things I throw their way so that, I think, would be more hard with older players".

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has questioned the Spurs players' psyche and whether they know how to win.

It would have been more had the Three Lions showed a cutting edge, but there was far more to shout about in comparison to the countries' last meeting at the World Cup four years ago. I felt like I did the right thing coming and training with England in the last week.

It was anticipated that this group would be world beaters by an overly ambitious and expectant England support, to finally end their wait for silverware since World Cup glory in 1966. "They are football mad over there!"

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