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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Marcus Rashford cut to start England's World Cup opener

United man 5-4 to line up against Tunisia

Marcus Rashford scored England's opener in the 2-0 win over Costa Rica
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England wrapped up their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Thursday, extending their unbeaten run to ten games, but they are unchanged at a best-priced 18-1 to get their hands on the trophy.

Marcus Rashford starred for the Three Lions, scoring a superb goal and strengthening his case to feature in England's World Cup opener against Tunisia on June 18.

Coral reacted by trimming their odds on Rashford starting against Tunisia from 7-4 to 5-4.

However, the Manchester United star faces a tough challenge trying to dislodge Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling, who are 1-33 and 1-6 with the same firm.

Gareth Southgate has made it clear he will stick with the same system, putting Rashford in competition with Kane, Sterling, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck - the scorer of the second goal against Costa Rica - for two forward positions. Rashford is a 12-1 shot to be England's top scorer at the finals with Kane the 11-10 favurite and Sterling a 7-1 chance.

Danny Rose may have edged ahead of Ashley Young in the battle to play at left wingback after playing the full game against Costa Rica.

Rose is 8-13 with Coral to start the first game while Young, who played in the 2-1 win over Nigeria at Wembley, is 11-10.

The other selections issues are in central defence and centre-midfield.

Gary Cahill and Harry Maguire appear to be in competition for the left-sided position in the back three with the Chelsea man 4-5 and the Leicester defender 10-11.

Jordan Henderson captained the side against Costa Rica and is 1-2 to keep his place. However, Southgate is thought to favour just one holding midfielder and Eric Dier is a 1-10 chance.

Coral's view is very different to that of Hills, who make Henderson at 1-2 and Dier at 8-11.

Argentina's Manuel Lanzini is out of the World Cup squad after suffering a serious knee ligament injury in training.

The West Ham man had looked set for a major role after starting in their 4-0 victory over Haiti in Buenos Aires.

Iceland wrapped up their preparations for the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Ghana in Reykjavik.

The result extended Iceland's winless run to four games but there was some good news with key attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson starting a match for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in March.

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Argentina's Manuel Lanzini is out of the World Cup squad after suffering a serious knee ligament injury in training
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