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England 1-0 Switzerland: Kick It Out International

England 1-0 Switzerland: Kick It Out International

Switzerland were the superior side before the break and Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri should have given them the lead early on but his effort rattled the post. 'It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did.

Southgate insisted after being outplayed for the majority of a 2-1 defeat by Spain in his side's inaugural Nations League encounter on Saturday that England must persist with his intention to improve on playing out from the back under pressure.

Marcus Rashford scored the game's only goal - his second in as many games for England after netting against Spain on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate made wholesale changes from the weekend's Nations League clash, with only Rashford and Harry Maguire retaining their spots.

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.

The Three Lions went into the dressing room level at 0-0 after a lacklustre first half of their friendly against the Swiss.

'The gaffer had stern words with us and second half was much better'.

The home truths exchanged in the dressing room at half-time resulted in a far shaper England performance in the second-half.

"We expect and encourage it because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view".

"We were trying to correct one or two things but also challenge them a bit, it was an important night for us to finish well and we knew it would be hard because of the changes and amount of game time, but I'm really pleased because the players have given everything this week".

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 global goal in 26 matches.

We know all about the influx of foreign players into the Premier League and how the selection pool is becoming ever smaller to pick from. It was going to be tough mentally to switch back from the World Cup to these games, physically for all the players, and with two tough games to play.


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