Former York City goalkeeper Nick Pope made his senior international debut as England completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 victory against fellow finalists Costa Rica at Elland Road.
The 26-year-old Burnley shot-stopper replaced Stoke City’s Jack Butland for the final twenty-five minutes of the friendly played before a 36,104 attendance in Leeds.
Pope, who maintained a remarkable sixteen clean-sheets in 24 appearances on loan to York from Charlton Athletic during their League Two play-off season of 2013-14, was only required to produce a routine stop from an angled near post effort as Gareth Southgate’s side made in ten games unbeaten.
Marcus Rashford had spectacularly fired them in front with a glorious strike on thirteen minutes, while Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire both went close after the break.
However, Dele Alli later crossed for fellow substitute Danny Welbeck to head a second goal with twelve minutes remaining.
England take on Tunisia in their World Cup finals opener on Monday week, and also include Panama and Belgium within their group.