The Levante man has not done his burgeoning reputation any harm at these finals and although he was hardly peppered with shots, he dealt with everything England threw at him. Solid yet again.
The left-back’s darting runs were a huge asset to Costa Rica in their first two games, as was his excellent crossing ability, but he was nowhere near as effective against England. He left too much space behind him for England to exploit and he was rarely decisive in attack.
Fairly commanding at the centre of the defence. He stayed central as much as possible, dominated in the air and made some excellent interceptions around his area.
Generally coped well against Balotelli last time out, but he found Sturridge a little tougher to contend with. He particularly struggled with the forward’s evasive movement.
An all-round good display from the right-back as he won his duel with Milner and he was also a potent weapon going forward.
One of a couple of fresh faces in the side and he will not be expecting a starting role in the second round. Too often did the centre-back produce a wretched pass out from the back, immediately inviting pressure back on to them.
Has caught the eye with his assured and forward-thinking performances in the middle and although he did give possession away a few times, he constantly tried to get Costa Rica on to the attack. He also struck the bar with a brilliant free kick, which forced Foster into action.
Undoubtedly one of the most eye-catching youngsters on show in the group stage, his darting runs did cause problems once again, but he was significantly quieter in general.
Made plenty of clever runs and he was lively, but most of his best contributions came after the assistant raised his flag for offside. Eventually replaced by Bolanos.
Has been leading by example as captain with some driven displays and, although Costa Rica did not play with quite so much urgency, he produced numerous delightful pieces of skill. Was generally a step ahead of his fellow attackers.
Playing in a World Cup after coming back from the international wilderness, Foster made a fantastic save to tip Borges’ free kick on to the crossbar and he was otherwise very assertive.
One of only two players to keep his place in the team, he was not given an awful lot to contend with by Costa Rica. He made four interceptions in his own half and generally read the Central Americans’ attacks well.
One of the most criticised members of the current England squad, he did little wrong against Costa Rica. Brenes posed little threat, while his physicality helped him when the dynamic Campbell was on the pitch.
Continuously gave the ball away with some frankly careless passing, but defensively he was very solid. Bolanos gave him plenty to think about late on, but Jones did well against the tricky winger.
The 18-year-old is reportedly the subject of major interest from Manchester United and, while he hardly starred, he will not have put the Old Trafford club off. He was tough with his defending, but lacked a bit of spark in attack.
Worked hard and did produce a couple of good crosses, but he lacked quality on the ball. He looked laboured in possession and Gamboa generally dealt fairly well with him.
The Everton youngster was quiet early on, but he soon livened up. He was typically confident with the ball at his feet, posing a serious threat when running at Costa Rica and he linked well with Sturridge.
Perhaps the victim of his own hype before the tournament, the Southampton man has not looked quite as comfortable in an England shirt. Still, he was positive with his passing and showed good movement to get beyond the defence regularly.
The Arsenal man was deployed in a deep role and looked to drive forward at every opportunity. Saw a significant number of his passes go astray, but he was generally looking for positive, risky ones. Decent, but not brilliant.
The 36-year-old is expected to retire from international football after the World Cup and he produced a decent display in a deep role with which to sign off. His passing was accurate and crisp, but he was a little ineffectual without the ball.
The second of two players to keep his place in the side, Sturridge was England’s only real threat in the area. He was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first half and his quick feet gave the defence plenty to think about.
Entered the pitch for what could be his final England match as they pushed to steal a narrow win and, although he searched for Sturridge over the top several times, his wishes were not realised.
Very lively after replacing Lallana, but he was sloppy in possession on a couple of occasions, allowing Costa Rica to start counterattacks.
Much of the fallout of England's World Cup failure has been aimed at Rooney, but he was lively enough off the bench in the last 15 minutes. Tested Navas a couple of times, but his first touch was a little heavy.