England to face Costa Rica in Leeds in June

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Gareth Southgate and his squad will then head up north to face Central American nation Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road ground on Thursday, June 7 at 8pm.

England will face Nigeria and Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up games in June before heading to Russian Federation.

"We've mostly played European opposition up to now and the Brazil game (a 0-0 draw in a friendly in November) acted as a reminder that we need to challenge ourselves in different ways as a team", said Southgate.

"England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match", he continued.

Before games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, England will play Netherlands and Italy in March.

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England played games in Sunderland and Manchester ahead of Euro 2016 and Southgate is expecting a good reception from fans.

"Equally, it's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road".

This last appearance for the Three Lions saw them fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a strong Italian side which included 2006 World Cup winners Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro. and Alessandro Nesta.

"We have a huge following in Yorkshire with large numbers of our members and travelling support coming from that area".

England have clashed twice at full worldwide level with Nigeria - a 1-0 win against the Super Eagles in 1995 at Wembley and a goalless draw at the 2002 World Cup.

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