Just 11 days before their Group G opener against Tunisia, Thursday's sold-out Elland Road friendly was the last chance for the Three Lions to fine-tune before departing for Russian Federation. But in this, there's a real buzz and there's a real excitement about this squad.
The England manager has spoken glowingly about the way his players have come together and the group's elder statesman echoes those sentiments.
Instead of Wilshere, Southgate took Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Eric Dier in midfield, and Ferdinand reckons these players are better suited to the system that England play. England begin their campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd a week on Monday.
Rashford, 20, scored a spectacular long-range effort in England's final warm-up match ahead of this summer's tournament - Thursday's 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road.
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Questions will also be raised regarding the defence as some are puzzled about Gary Cahill's inclusion, while Phil Jones and Stones have a penchant for clumsy mistakes in important games. "We will make a lot of changes and Trent Alexander-Arnold will get a debut". Kyle Walker is probably the highest rated of the England defenders, while Danny Rose was on the periphery of the Tottenham Hotspur squad this season behind Welsh left-back Ben Davies.
"So, clearly, getting out of the group and winning a knockout game would be a real sign of progress".
Coupled with significantly reduced expectations from those who follow the team, fans may well be shocked to see the Three Lions astonish their detractors and spring a few surprise results in Russian Federation.
Here, Press Association Sport assesses their contribution in the Three Lions' last match before the World Cup gets under way in Russian Federation next week.