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


Striker Marcus Rashford scored the winning goal in the second half, converting from Kyle Walker's cross.

Southgate did turn to his bench on the hour mark as Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and John Stones were all introduced, and the latter made an important contribution within minutes when he threw himself in the way of Shaqiri's goalbound effort from inside the box.

The Three Lions were pushing for a return to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Spain over the weekend, while Switzerland thumped Iceland 6-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener.

"I'm really pleased for him more than anything", Southgate told Sky Sports after the 20-year-old scored his fifth worldwide goal.

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A lacklustre opening 45 from England saw the first half come to a close goalless, with the visitors probably feeling like they should have been in the lead. "We had a real jigsaw of minutes to piece together, when to put people on or take them off, and we've got them through the game".

"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".

Xherdan Shaqiri hit the outside of the post in the seventh minute after his former Stoke City teammate Jack Butland made two poor passes out from the back. "There was plenty of room for improvement".

"We altered the shape a little bit in the second half, which I think helped get our defence a little bit higher up the pitch and meant less running for our midfielders". And he will be pleased with aspects of their display, but also aware of where he can continue to work on other areas when they meet again for Nations League trips to Croatia and Spain.

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'We want an environment that's demanding.

"It was two tough tests against different formations and in the end we've got a good result tonight and could arguably have deserved a draw on Saturday".

England worldwide and Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, will be available for Spurs against Inter in their Champions League group game which is scheduled to be held in a weeks time at the San Siro.

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

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