England v Costa Rica Preview

England play their final World Cup warm-up game on Thursday as they host Costa Rica at Wembley.

Los Ticos are a side the English are well aware of having met them in the finals in Brazil four-years ago, and indeed Costa Rica’s progress was at the expense of England.

Having used what appears to be the majority of his starting XI against Nigeria last time out, Southgate is preparing to give other players a chance.

“For sure Jack Butland plays in goal. We will make a lot of changes and Trent Alexander-Arnold will get a debut,” he said.

“One of the keys of us getting through these two matches was to try and make sure every member of our squad gets a significant amount of game time.

“You want to know who is in form and any time a player has 10 minutes or 90 minutes on the field they have an opportunity to make a statement in the way they play.”

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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England 20:00 Costa Rica 
Elland Road

TEAM NEWS: England are set to make a number of changes with Jack Butland starting in goal and Trent Alexander-Arnold getting his debut at right-back. Former Fulham ace Bryan Ruiz is a doubt for Costa Rica after missing their last game with Northern Ireland.
KEY FACT: This is Costa Rica’s first ever trip to England
MATCH ODDS: England 2/5 Draw 19/5 Costa Rica 17/2
bet365 Pick: England to win to nil @20/21
ANDY SAYS: Comfortable win for England here, little doubt for me….3-0
GRAEME SAYS: Hard to tell on this one as both team won’t be wanting injuries, England just…2-1
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Making his debut, very much one to look at

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