Ingleses saborean el 2-0 con que nos despacharon/ No repetiremos Brasil 2014, vaticinan

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Edgar Fonseca, editor/Fotos Daily Mail Online

La prensa inglesa saborea como la miel el 2-0 con que Inglaterra despachó esta tarde-noche europea, mediodia tico, a una insípida Costa Rica.

Saborean en especial el chutazo de Marcus Rashford al minuto 13 desde fuera del área, que cogió fuera de posición a Keylor Navas y lo fusiló.

Costa Rica, amén de un tiro de Johan Venegas, al 27´, que por poco acorta distancias, no estuvo para más, destaca el sitio Daily Mail Online.

El sitio califica de impresionante y confortable  la victoria sobre los ticos.

Y describe como sublime el gol de Rashford.

Según la prensa inglesa, Costa Rica no repetirá la gloria de Brasil 2014 y tampoco Inglaterra vivirá la pesadilla de aquel mundial cuando los ticos los sonrojaron en su grupo eliminatorio.

“De los tres juegos de previo a el de hoy vs era el parámetro más cercano a lo que se encontrará en el mundial. Preocupaciones: 1. Poca tenencia de balón 2. Nula respuesta ofensiva 3. La dependencia en es muy grande”, resumió el comentarista y estadígrafo Christian Sandoval en un tuit.

“Cosas buenas del juego de hoy de : 1. bien enganchando. Debe ser titular. 2. David Guzman consolidado en la zona media. 3. el líder de la zaga, indiscutible, 4. Bien en sus minutos en cancha”, agregó Sandoval.

“Sin hacer drama. Hay que mejorar, y bastante. Es bueno que un rival nos desdibuje, siempre y cuando lo capitalicemos para corregir”, reaccionó Kristian Mora, narrador estrella del 7, tras la derrota en Leeds.

Fue un fogueo de lujo, dice Fedefut

La Sele tuvo un fogueo de lujo ante los ingleses, sostiene el sitio oficial Fedefutbol.com

Los locales –agrega– con una combinación de jugadores estelares con suplentes supieron dominar los primeros 45 minutos, complicando el juego de los nacionales e imponiéndose con fútbol totalmente ofensivo ante los ticos.

Esa velocidad y precisión de los ingleses se hizo sentir al minuto 13’ cuando el jugador del Manchester United  Marcus Rashford aprovechó un descuido defensivo para rematar desde larga distancia y abrir el marcador, dice dicho sitio.

La llegada más clara para Costa Rica fue sobre el minuto 27, cuando Johan Venegas invadió el terreno rival para rematar, pero el guardameta Jack Butland frenó la opción de anotar.

A pesar del primer tanto conseguido por los locales y del constante ataque de Inglaterra, la Tricolor supo pararse bien en la zona defensiva, agrega Fedefutbol.

Para el complemento –añade– las variantes se dieron con las incorporaciones de Bolaños, Matarrita, Tejeda y Smith, sustituciones que le dieron un segundo aire a la nacional y que siguen siendo parte de las pruebas finales que realiza el director técnico para el debut ante Serbia.

Sobre el 56 y 57 los jugadores Navas y Oviedo se lucieron defendiendo el marco Tricolor, cuando de manera espectacular evitaron dos tantos ingleses rechazando el balón debajo de los tres palos, menciona la crónica de Joselyn Hernández.

A pesar de que Costa Rica siguió intentando llegar al área –dice– el buen parado de los locales detuvo el fútbol que trató de desarrollar la Tricolor.

 

El viernes 8 de junio la Sele viajará  Bruselas, a Bélgica, para el último fogueo previo al arranque del Mundial de Rusia 2018.

El juego ante los belgas se disputará el 11 de junio, a partir de las 12:45 p.m. hora tica.

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El gol de Rashford iluminó a los ingleses

Ver crónica del Daily Mail:

England 2-0 Costa Rica: Marcus Rashford scores sensational long-range effort as Danny Welbeck heads home to secure Three Lions victory in final warm-up game before Russia World Cup

Elland Road no longer has its diamond lights, but fortunately England do.

Marcus Rashford illuminated England’s final public performance before departing for Russia next week, with a display that suggests he could make an impact at his first World Cup, even if he does not win a place in the starting line-up.

Gareth Southgate wasn’t looking for any great breakthroughs against Costa Rica, he almost certainly knows his starting line-up by now, but Rashford provided a reminder of the strength in depth, certainly in England’s forward line.

Danny Welbeck finished things off for England at Elland Road with a late diving header to wrap up a 2-0 victory

Danny Welbeck finished things off for England at Elland Road with a late diving header to wrap up a 2-0 victory

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli played in a lofted cross from the left wing to find Welbeck making his run on goal

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli played in a lofted cross from the left wing to find Welbeck making his run on goal

Welbeck hurled himself at the ball and watched on from the turf as the ball nestled in the back of the Costa Rica net

Welbeck hurled himself at the ball and watched on from the turf as the ball nestled in the back of the Costa Rica net

Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford put England ahead with a sublime long-distance effort in the opening stages

Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford put England ahead with a sublime long-distance effort in the opening stages

Rashford was England's star player all evening and picked out the top corner from distance with remarkable technique

Rashford was England’s star player all evening and picked out the top corner from distance with remarkable technique

The striker was quickly mobbed by his team-mates after his rocketed effort hit the back of the Costa Rica goal

The striker was quickly mobbed by his team-mates after his rocketed effort hit the back of the Costa Rica goal

Phil Jones was quick to jump on the back of his club team-mate while captain Jordan Henderson moved in to congratulate

Phil Jones was quick to jump on the back of his club team-mate while captain Jordan Henderson moved in to congratulate

He scored a lovely goal, played an exquisite pass in the build-up to England’s second, and delivered an energetic, bold 90 minutes that showed he was a serious contender for any of four forward positions in the event of injury – or certainly could be first of the bench if England seek to unlock a resilient defence.

This was Rashford’s night, even if he shared the goals with Danny Welbeck, who second-half intervention showed why it is unfair to cast aspersions on his pace in the squad, as so many do.

TEAMS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH FACTS

ENGLAND: Butland (Pope 65), Stones (Cahill 65), Maguire, Jones, Alexander-Arnold (Trippier 64), Rose, Henderson (Alli 64), Delph, Loftus-Cheek (Lingard 79), Rashford, Vardy (Welbeck 71).

UNUSED SUBS: Heaton, Pickford, Walker, Dier, Kane, Sterling, Young, Lallana, Livermore

GOALS: Rashford 12, Welbeck 74

MANAGER: Gareth Southgate

COSTA RICA: Navas, Gamboa (Smith 72), Watson, Gonzalez, Calvo, Oviedo (Mataritta 60), Guzman (Tejeda 69), Borges, Venegas, Campbell, Urena

UNUSED SUBS: Pemberton, Moreira, Acosta, Duarte, Bolanos, Ruiz, Colindres, Wallace, Azofeifa

BOOKED: González, Mataritta

MANAGER: Oscar Ramírez

REFEREE: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)

ATTENDANCE: 36,104

Here’s how Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for England with a sublime, long-range effort. For more stats, information and visuals visit Sportsmail’s MATCH ZONE here.

Rashford worked a sweet little ball through to Dele Alli whose cross was met by a diving header from Welbeck at the far post. The margin of victory was no more than England deserved for an accomplished controlled display, that risked little in the way of physical injury, while appearing totally commanding throughout.

This was largely Southgate’s shadow XI – John Stones, Jordan Henderson and, possibly, Harry Maguire aside – but they looked committed and lively, even if the tempo did drop off after half-time as tends to happen. Fabian Delph, certainly, did himself a favour with a hard-working stint in forward midfield, full of the vim and energy that might not have been apparent had populist favourites Jonjo Shelvey or Jack Wilshere been selected.

There were debuts, too, for Trent Alexander-Arnold and goalkeeper Nick Pope, who had not even played a Premier League game for Burnley or anyone when this season began.

It was one of those night when everyone wanted to play with Rashford. Team-mates sought him out, even if there were easier options on.

The stands at Leeds' Elland Road stadium were soon awash with England colours as supporters celebrated with flags

The stands at Leeds’ Elland Road stadium were soon awash with England colours as supporters celebrated with flags

Jamie Vardy had the chance to double England's lead early on but was denied at close range by goalkeeper Keylor Navas

Jamie Vardy had the chance to double England’s lead early on but was denied at close range by goalkeeper Keylor Navas

The striker saw his effort blocked at close range by the onrushing Real Madrid goalkeeper

The striker saw his effort blocked at close range by the onrushing Real Madrid goalkeeper

ENGLAND’S ONE YEAR UNDEFEATED RUN

England were last defeated on June 13, 2017 by France in Paris. Since, the Three Lions have solidified…

Malta 0-1 England – September 1

England 2-1 Slovakia – September 4

England 1-0 Slovenia – October 5

Lithuania 0-1 England – October 8

England 0-0 Germany – November 10

England 0-0 Brazil – November 14

Holland 0-1 England – March 23

England 1-1 Italy – March 27

England 2-1 Nigeria – June 2

England X-X Costa Rica – June 7

They could see he was alight, see he was the best player, that he was having a match that might just change the mind of his manager, and they wanted to be a part of it, to help him along.

Jordan Henderson fizzed forward passes his way, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose attempted clever one-twos. Even when these did not come off, Rashford somehow made them work. Delph stuck one in to Rose, which he miscontrolled – but Rashford saved the day, scrambling to the touchline, keeping the ball in.

This was his night, and everyone inside Elland Road knew it.

His name drew a smattering of boos when first read out. A Manchester United man, you see. By half-time he might as well have been one of their own. It wouldn’t do to bear a grudge, faced with a performance like this. They don’t see talent like this around these parts, sadly.

The days when Leeds produced England forwards have, for the moment, gone. So this was a thrill for them, as well as him. One of the virtues of taking England around the country is the lighting of candles in the darkness. There were a lot of young faces here. They will remember seeing Rashford play.

Usually, we question why players do not perform for England as they do for their clubs. With Rashford last night, it was the other way around. Where has this player been for Manchester United this season? What has Jose Mourinho done with him?

‘Now you see why I always picked Romelu Lukaku,’ Mourinho sneered after one tepid performance from his understudies, but can this be all the player’s fault? He didn’t seem to lack confidence in an England shirt, didn’t appear reluctant to take risks, to run at defenders, to try his tricks, to shoot from range. He did everything that Manchester United wanted of him all season. So where has he been; and why so different.

Liverpool's 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was handed his international debut for the Three Lions

Liverpool’s 19-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was handed his international debut for the Three Lions

Costa Rica players surrounded referee Hiroyuki Kimura in one instance, as a foul was given in favour of the Three Lions

Costa Rica players surrounded referee Hiroyuki Kimura in one instance, as a foul was given in favour of the Three Lions

England manager Gareth Southgate was quickly on his feet, shouting instructions to his players in the opening moments

England manager Gareth Southgate was quickly on his feet, shouting instructions to his players in the opening moments

Fabian Delph returned to England duty following a solid and consistent season with Premier League winners Manchester City

Fabian Delph returned to England duty following a solid and consistent season with Premier League winners Manchester City

A packed Elland Road waited in anticipation as the two sides made their way onto the pitch for the final warm-up friendly

A packed Elland Road waited in anticipation as the two sides made their way onto the pitch for the final warm-up friendly

England captain Harry Kane had to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench as boss Southgate shuffled the pack

England captain Harry Kane had to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench as boss Southgate shuffled the pack

The goal, of course, was his crowning glory. Rashford picked the ball up on the right, looked, saw Costa Rica backing off, saw goalkeeper Keylor Navas slightly off his line, and went for it.

At first it looked as if his shot had gone through Navas’s hands, Loris Karius style, but replays revealed the truth: the goalkeeper was simply caught out. It went over his hands and he was slow to react, it wasn’t his finest moment, but there was no handling error. Rashford simply beat him with power, dip, a lovely strike, his third in an England shirt.

Will it be enough to earn him a place in the starting line-up. One imagines he will have to maintain this in every training session between now and the eve of the match with Tunisia to turn Gareth Southgate’s head. The team is as good as picked, only one player kept his place from Saturday’s win over Nigeria – John Stones at the back – but there is still time for a bolter.

But where? Presuming Harry Kane’s position is secure, including Rashford would mean leaving out one of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard or Raheem Sterling. Southgate would be unlikely to lose faith with any member of that trio on the back of an impressive display in a friendly. But, if it wasn’t working, if England couldn’t get the breakthrough? Southgate will surely recall this night when he is hailing the first cab off the rank.

The England brass band arrived early at the stadium of Leeds United to create an atmosphere before the friendly clash

The England brass band arrived early at the stadium of Leeds United to create an atmosphere before the friendly clash

As international football returned to Elland Road the stadium was decked out in England flags and the famous red and white

As international football returned to Elland Road the stadium was decked out in England flags and the famous red and white

In the circumstances – that many of the players out here must by now know they are squad men, when the tournament starts at least – this was a very decent performance.

The game was nine minutes old when a Delph corner was met by a header from Phil Jones tipped over by Navas, and another set-piece almost extended England’s lead after 20 minutes.

Jones and Maguire both won headers and Jamie Vardy almost pounced on the loose ball from close range, Navas doing well to smother. At the other end, Jack Butland made one save from Johan Venegas but, frankly, Costa Rica were not up to much.

They won’t be the same team as in 2014; thankfully, the same might be said of England.