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World Cup 2018 England at Elland Road

PAWorld Cup 2018 England will take on Costa Rica in their final friendly

Adam Lallana says he will come back stronger after being released from standby duty ahead of next week's World Cup.

It was England's last warm-up match before kick-off at Russian Federation 2018 and, while the Burnley number one starts the summer as third-choice behind Butland and Everton's Jordan Pickford, he has hailed the competition between the shot-stoppers. No big deal, you might think, but on Football Twitter it was a big deal. I feel we have a fantastic chance.

"I know I shouldn't mention it but I've got a tattoo of it on my arm!" he said this week of the No.10 after some unwanted attention for tattoos. It has not been easy.

Elsewhere, England squad members were all happy to take part in an open-media inquisition that would have been unthinkable not so long ago.

"He explained the situation and was completely honest".

"A little bit different in that obviously (there was) a slightly different profile of players, so maybe we didn't get as many men in the box at times".

Compare that to the drab audiences that have played Wembley throughout the years and the potential sale of the stadium to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan can not come soon enough.

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"Going to this World Cup I think they can beat anyone but a feature of this young, inexperienced team is that they are going to be inconsistent". It wasn't the first team versus Nigeria (2-1 win) and a second team tonight. It will be exciting to watch.

England's players were given a final pre-World Cup break after the Costa Rica match, before reconvening on Saturday evening and lining up for an internal match on Monday. "You wouldn't want to play against him and Kane".

"In terms of being dedicated, he's one of the most dedicated footballers I've come across".

"It makes you want to keep striving and keeping wanting more, to keep improving. There is still plenty to look forward to". "He played with a real swagger", Southgate told reporters. "It is obviously hard to think like that straight after it, but it was good that I got some time with my family just to switch off and refocus on the World Cup". It isn't about scoring, it is about other people scoring and for me, it is about protecting a lot more.

England are in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama and although they would expect to progress Southgate has been keen to stress it is not as easy as it appears - not least because Tunisia, England's opening opponents, were, until the last Federation Internationale de Football Association list, ranked just one place below Southgate's side.

"He's still learning the game, really, which I know sounds freakish because he is now an England worldwide, but he has so few league appearances that he is incredibly raw".

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