Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Worldwide friendly match report England v Switzerland 11 September 2018

Worldwide friendly match report England v Switzerland 11 September 2018

Manager Vladimir Petković would have been very impressed with the performance in the first half, as they controlled the game against the World Cup semi-finalists.

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.

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.

Southgate, meanwhile, said of the row between the players at half-time: 'We expect that, we encourage it.

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More subs followed throughout the second half which disrupted the flow of the game, although England were enjoying a much greater degree of control than in the first half and Dier squandered a decent chance to add a second when he skied a left-footed strike over the bar from just outside the area. There was definitely a lot of room for improvement.

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.

Gareth Southgate has revealed that Dele Alli missed England's match with Switzerland on Tuesday after a muscle strain suffered during Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Spain in the Uefa Nations League.

The victory is England's first since the World Cup quarter-final, and also only Switzerland's third defeat from their last 23 outings across all competitions.

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"We could have been two or three-nil down at halftime", Tottenham Hotspur's Rose told BBC Radio 5 live.

But his side, containing nine changes from the weekend, was struggling even to cope with the Swiss' passing and movement as the visitors enjoyed almost 65 percent possession before the break.

The Manchester United forward clinically side-footed the ball home at the back post in the 54th minute at Leicester City's King Power Stadium after an over-hit corner was swung back in by Kyle Walker.

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

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