England to face Costa Rica in Leeds in June


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.