World Cup 2014: England's rivals Costa Rica lose warm-up match

Shinji Kagawa scores against Costa Rica

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa scored as Japan beat England's World Cup opponents Costa Rica 3-1 in a warm-up game in Tampa Bay.

Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz, on loan at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven from Fulham, put his side ahead in the 31st minute.

Yasuhito Endo equalised on the hour-mark before Kagawa made it 2-1 to Japan with 10 minutes to go and Yoichiro Kakitani added a late third.

England face Costa Rica in their last Group D match on 24 June.

Los Ticos play their final warm-up game against the Republic of Ireland in Pennsylvania on Saturday before their opening World Cup clash against Uruguay on 14 June.

Japan are in Group C with Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast.

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