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    England boss Gareth Southgate faces "serious decisions" ahead of World Cup


    Joe Jones

    England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that he faces some "serious decisions" after a much-changed Three Lions side beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their final match before heading to the World Cup.

    Marcus Rashford netted in the 13th minute and substitute Danny Welbeck added a second late on at Elland Road on Thursday night.

    England now travel to Russia where they face Tunisia in their Group G opener on June 18.

    Having made 10 changes for the game against Los Ticos, manager Southgate told reporters: "It's more difficult and we have some serious decisions to take, but in a good way.

    "If I was thinking I have nobody to play here or there, it would be a very different situation. We asked the players to give us competition for places and they've done that.

    "I'm really pleased with tonight, to make 10 changes and maintain fluidity was great.

    "I think the general patterns and defensive side of the game was good, movement of the ball was good, we looked a threat. We had energy, the first goal was a wonderful, wonderful strike.

    "If I look at the three weeks we've had, I couldn't be happier. If you look at the adversity they've faced, it's brought them closer."

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