Marcus Rashford proves his worth, leading patchy England to win over Swiss

Posted September 12, 2018

Southgate opted against making any changes at the interval, though, and he was rewarded for his faith by an improved display in the opening stages - leading to the only goal of the game nine minutes after the restart.

"The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room".

Gareth Southgate has revealed that Dele Alli missed England's match with Switzerland on Tuesday after a muscle strain suffered during Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Spain in the Uefa Nations League.

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When England's squad for the two matches was first announced, some Leicester City fans were surprised to see neither Chilwell nor Gray included in the list after good starts to the season. With the second half less than ten minutes old, Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner was half-cleared to Kyle Walker who delivered a pacy cross to the far post.

That was the trend for the rest of the half as the Three Lions hung on for the victory.

"It was a tall order to ask them to play against an excellent Switzerland side, they kept the ball well and we had to chase too much".

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Jack Butland misplaced a pass which rolled dangerously close to his own goal, and when the goalkeeper's next clearance to James Tarkowski was cut out by the Swiss high press, Xherdan Shaqiri should have scored rather than striking the post on his weaker right foot. Sommer then saved from Walker's free-kick, but produced even better when he blocked the excellent Danny Rose's angled effort from close range, following an excellent cross from Rashford. A combination of the two meant we got a good response in the second half. The Milton Keynes-born full-back has been in impressive form for the Foxes this season, which saw him added to Southgate's squad on Sunday after previously featuring for the U21s last week.

"So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", said the England manager. Ironically, Gareth Southgate was also in the England line-up that day.

"We weren't happy at half-time with how we were playing and how we were pressing", he told Sky Sports . Coverage starts at 7pm and the match kicks off at 8pm.

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