Preview: England v Costa Rica – Elland Road beckons for Harry Kane


The FA announced announced that Elland Road will be completely sold out for England’s final World Cup preparation on Thursday.

Gareth Southgate’s men aim to continue the winning feel after beating Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley, on Saturday.

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The starting 11 will probably give the nation a good idea of who Southgate is going to start for the first group against Tunisia on the 18th June.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are all expected to start, allowing the Elland Road crowd to see some of the nations best players in action before they fly to Russia.

Gareth Southgate says he is excited to take the team on the road to Yorkshire and letting the fans enjoy the England team on the road.

Prediction: England 2 – 0 Costa Rica

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This is not the first time Elland Road has played host to the Three Lions.

In 2002 Sven Goran Eriksson’s team were defeated 2-1 by Italy at Elland Road, with Leeds’ Robbie Fowler scoring the goal for the hosts. The starting line up also included Leeds’ Nigel Martyn and Danny Mills. England would lose the game thanks to a 90th minute penalty from Roma’s Vincenzo Montella.

England also hosted Sweden in 1995 in the Umbro Cup at Elland Road. The England team featuring Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes and Alan Shearer were heading for a 3-1 defeat before goals from David Platt and Darren Anderton in the 89th and 90th minutes ensured the crowd of 32,000 people witnessed a 3-3 goal fest.