England Football Team manager Gareth Southgate was a happy man as England Football Team finished their World cup preparation and look forward to their time in Russia, given the qualities and determination his young team displayed. After a 2-1 victory against Nigeria, they breezed through to a comfortable 2-0 win against Costa Rica in their final warm-up friendly before they face Tunisia in their opener.

Marcus Rashford the boy wonder sent Ellen Road wild after scoring a screamer to open the scoring after which Danny Welbeck came on as a substitute to double their lead. “Football’s coming home” sang the fans as Southgate’s young squad put up an encouraging spirited display against Costa Rica.

Southgate says that he is really happy with the way squad has played over the course of their warm-up friendlies and qualifiers. The fact that the team played with the same fluidity even after making 10 changes over the last two warm-up games acts as an added bonus without any last-minute injury concerns. England defended pretty well through the course of the games apart from a few lapses of confidence here and there. They showed good movement off the ball and had a procession of the ball in good areas throughout the game and clearly looked an attacking threat with the pace of sterling and the finishing prowess of Harry Kane up front. The preparation looked excellent both physically and tactically.

Southgate also points out the sense of togetherness among the squad and believes that the adversity they faced together is the main reason for this. He says that “individual situations like Danny and Raheem’s have come up and have allowed us to talk about different things and support each other.”

It is safe to say that this young England team is more equipped than the England teams of the past, simply because of their togetherness as a unit and the bond they share on and off the pitch. There is something different in this team, that England fans haven’t seen in star-studded teams of the past.

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