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Jack Butland, Danny Rose and Jamie Vardy are all expected to start for England as Southgate rotates the squad and looks at his options.

Gareth Southgate has admitted Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier could be fighting over one place in England's World Cup side.

Southgate made widespread alterations in a bid to test his options and for the most part was rewarded with an encouraging display, with Rashford superbly opening the scoring before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure a 2-0 win against underwhelming Costa Rica. BBC say 4%, but should it be higher?

Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck scored in either half for the Three Lions, who will now prepare for their opening match in Russian Federation - against Tunisia on June 18.

It was just reward for a fine first-half performance but England lost some of their rhythm after the break, as Southgate made a number of changes, including handing goalkeeper Nick Pope his first taste of worldwide football.

Anyway, that's that. Gareth Southgate and his exciting charges now fly out to Russian Federation on Tuesday.

That opens up several opportunities but the simplest could be the best and I'll play England to win to nil at [2.08]. Johan Venegas dribbled past the defender and shot, forcing Jack Butland to work for the first time in the game. I am really excited for the upcoming weeks.

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"I said to all the team before the game, I expect to see mistakes tonight and, if I don't, there might be a problem because we wouldn't be being as attack-minded as we want to be".

"We've got to get used to playing at different venues", the onetime Middlesbrough manager added. We have only taken two (warm-up games) as we had some players in the FA Cup final and a couple in the Champions League final.

England have conceded just twice in their last seven games and haven't let one in during the opening 45 minutes in that run.

Ghana, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, hit back through Kasim Nuhu before Thomas Partey fired home three minutes from time.

Should he start against Tunisia?

England were on top without exerting too much pressure and got the second they deserved in the 76th minute. Sam Cunningham and Kevin Garside will also be attending the match for i and will be publishing their thoughts on the game online and in Friday's paper.