England 1 Switzerland 0: Rashford gets Southgate's men back to winning ways

Doug Mendoza
September 12, 2018

Rashford, who has had a hard start to the season with Manchester United, also notched the opener at Wembley in their Nations League clash with Spain on Saturday night, before scoring the only goal in their friendly at the King Power Stadium.

England didn't get off the best start in the first half after making nine changes from their game against Spain, but Southgate made a few tweaks for the second half before Rashford's 54th-minute victor.

The BBC reports that Southgate could make as many as nine changes to the team that lost 2-1 against Spain on Saturday.

However, the Three Lions again failed to hit the heights from their World Cup campaign, particularly in a poor first 45 minutes that provoked strong words between the players at half-time. They recognise when they want to be better.

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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.

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Closer to halftime, England created virtually their best chance but Yann Sommer denied Ruben Loftus-Cheek from close range.

England have called up Leicester City duo Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray from the under-21s for the Switzerland friendly. 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.

Southgate also praised his players for the way they attempted to rectify their own problems themselves at the break in Leicester.

The match was played in a good spirit on the pitch and with a great atmosphere off it, thoroughly fitting for the first-ever Kick It Out International.

Southgate told 5 live: "The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room".

The Swiss, however, went close to finding the breakthrough after 36 minutes with Mario Gavranović and Ricardo Rodriguez going close in quick succession.

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