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England set to play Costa Rica at Elland Road

Leeds will host friendly against Ticos on 7 June in World Cup tune-up match

RUGBYU-WC-2015-ITA-CAN-MATCH14 Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

England is looking to play a World Cup “tune-up” match against Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds.

It had been reported previously that England manager Gareth Southgate had been interested in taking the England national team on the road before the World Cup, with Leeds United’s Elland Road discussed as a possible host site for one of the matches.

Leeds United has lead the Championship in attendance this season, and leads all European second division clubs in attendance as well. Leeds fans show up and create a great atmosphere, so it’s nice to see that fans in Yorkshire are going to be “rewarded” with an England match in their backyard. Although, to be fair, with the current England squad, “reward” might be a strong term.

Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup out of the CONCACAF region, ahead of the United States. The US lost a vital home match against the Ticos at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls, in a match where a number of Costa Rican fans attended the match and created a pretty impressive atmosphere, given that the United States fans outnumbered the Ticos fans.

US Soccer has courted controversy, with a number of pundits and fans complaining about the choice of venue for the Costa Rica home game. The match was vitally important for the US, as winning the match would have seen the US qualify for the World Cup. The failure of the US to win that match, and then failing to get at least a point against Trinidad and Tobago, meant that the US failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Costa Rica should be a good opponent for England, and disappointed American fans will be pulling for England to put one over on a side that helped knock them out of the World Cup. So go, enjoy a nice England match at Elland Road, and show Americans what home support looks like, even for a friendly.