England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Gareth Southgate will take Harry Kane out of the firing line for Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland in a bid to protect the England captain from burnout. "A real breakthrough for him".

"We spoke at half-time and we weren't happy with how we were playing, but we took control after the break and got the goal". We've really talked to him a lot about being in the penalty box more, higher up the pitch - and both of his goals have come in those areas.

It was Rashford's fifth goal for England in 27 matches.

Rose admitted the players had words with each other at half-time.

Switzerland were soon gifted a chance to settle into the game, though, as Jack Butland's attempts to play out from the back nearly backfired twice in quick succession - the second of which saw James Tarkowski robbed of the ball and Xherdan Shaqiri subsequently fire a low strike against the outside of the post when he should have done better. "There was plenty of room for improvement".

A fairly straight forward second half saw Butland end the game with a clean sheet, but the Championship player can count himself lucky the Swiss were not clinical in the first half.

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And they most recently played away from London when they hosted Costa Rica prior to the World Cup.

Eric Dier actually gets paid to play football. We always encourage them to have a voice. We want to have an environment that's demanding because that's the only way we can keep raising the standards. "It was important then that we solved a couple of the problems they were facing and kept things calm", Southgate said. We also know that, on Saturday against Spain, we could have feasibly ended with a draw which would have looked different as well.

Rashford aside, Danny Rose also caught the eye on England's left flank before giving way to local favourite Ben Chilwell, who made his worldwide debut.

The 20-year-old's two goals will put pressure on the injured Raheem Sterling, who was preferred by Southgate in the World Cup starting line-up but is without an worldwide goal in 26 matches.

'We know the performance could have been better, ' he said.

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