England Starting XI v Tunisia: Odds tumble on Rashford and Rose

England's Jamie Vardy warms up on the sideline during the match

Vardy will get his chance to shine at Elland Road with the World Cup just over a week away Credit REUTERS

Marcus Rashford has told ESPN FC he is better prepared for the World Cup with England than Euro 2016, despite admitting to being frustrated by his lack of regular action for Manchester United last season.

"Firstly, incredibly courageous and honest", the England manager said.

While it remains to be seen if this situation will change over the course of next season, it's now been suggested by the Daily Mail that 20-year-old may have to go elsewhere - albeit on loan - in order to secure regular playing time and continue his development.

Rashford scored a screamer in the 13th minute and Keown believes he thrives more under Gareth Southgate than Mourinho, which says a lot.

We were reminded of that once again on Thursday night as England played their final World Cup warm-up game on home soil.

"Obviously, Delph as an eight is a different type of player to Dele (Alli) as an eight but very effective tonight and we'll have different moments in games where we need those different types of players". But R & R (Rashford and Ruben) could work well as a plan B for some tricky situations the Three Lions are bound to find themselves in in Russian Federation.

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When Stephens led by a set and 2-0, though, it appeared as if the US Open champion would improve to an unblemished 7-0 in finals. The top-seeded Halep beat the 10th-seeded Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to win the French Open on Saturday.

"It wasn't "first-team played Nigeria and second-team played today". A proven goalscorer, cool head and England's captain in Russian Federation, the question is how best to complement him.

And Southgate is entitled to be encouraged after a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica on Thursday in Leeds that will be remembered mostly for Marcus Rashford's spectacular first-half goal. It was his goal, however, that will make his claims for a starting place harder to ignore for Southgate. The Tottenham defender burst forward at every opportunity, helped England keep their shape and was a constant threat, particularly in the first half as the Three Lions dominated.

Costa Rica, who are in a group with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland, barely threatened Jack Butland's goal. Now England are 12, having gone up a place, Tunisia are down to 21, Panama are 55and Belgium third in the world. "It's important I switch off", he said.

It was a welcome boost for the European champions, who hadn't won since March and were held to draws by Tunisia (2-2) and Belgium (0-0) in their previous two friendlies.

"We've already been through a little bit of adversity together in certain areas, and I think that's brought them close".

And in goal, Navas, a Champions League victor just 12 days ago, was beaten by a Rashford shot he really should have done better with.

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