England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

Marcus Rashford's second-half strike was enough to earn the Three Lions their first win in three games.

Rashford has found the net in consecutive games for England.

And he was in the right place at the right time to meet Kyle Walker's cross, stroking home a half volley in the box to hand England their first win since the World Cup.

"It's not been a flawless week by any means but we finish with a win, which is important moving forward", said Southgate.

The goalkeeper remained with the Potters following their relegation from the Premier League last season, and was the only member of the most recent England squad not to play for a top-flight club.

"Over the next few weeks, what we are hoping is that we have given them some minutes, they go back to their club better prepared for when they get their opportunity and it gives them a better chance of staying in the team. There was plenty of room for improvement".

Vladimir Petkovic's side thrashed Iceland 6-0 to kickstart their Nations League campaign and were the better side for the first 45 minutes at the King Power.


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. "It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did".

Southgate did not take issue when it was put to him that Loftus-Cheek and Delph looked rusty in the 1-0 win over Switzerland at Leicester on Tuesday.

However, it almost cost the hosts the opening goal twice in a matter of seconds inside the first 10 minutes.

He almost scuffed a pass into his own goal when trying to find Harry Maguire, and then played James Tarkowski into trouble, presenting Xherdan Shaqiri with an opportunity that he spurned.

Southgate has lamented England's failure to produce midfielders of the calibre that Croatia and Spain possess.

In what was a thoroughly tiresome match, Rashford livened things up temporarily by scoring in the 54th minute at the King Power Stadium - the only goal of the game.

Southgate then made three alterations as Jesse Lingard, Harry Kane and John Stones were introduced for the final 30 minutes of the half.

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