Rashford on target as England beat Swiss 1-0 in friendly

Bessie Dean
September 12, 2018

Harry Maguire and Danny Rose have admitted that there were heated words between the England players in the dressing room during friendly with Switzerland on Tuesday evening.

Depth of quality does not appears to be a strong suit with the Three Lions' current crop and some new blood to push Southgate's regulars can be expected next month.

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.

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.

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England's best efforts early on were restricted to set-pieces as Eric Dier headed just wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick before the Liverpool full-back fired another effort too close to Yann Sommer. Clearly ill at ease with the ball at his feet, the Stoke man nearly passed the ball into his own net in the sixth minute and his under-hit pass to James Tarkowski seconds later culminated in Xherdan Shaqiri hitting the post for the visitors. It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it's not good enough.

"We didn't get hold of their pivot in the first half, [Granit] Xhaka was always available and their back three were finding him too easily".

Rose, who was voted as man of the match for his performance, added: 'We spoke at half-time - we weren't happy with how we were playing and how we were pressing.

"It was important then that we solved a couple of the problems they were facing and kept things calm. The second half wasn't wonderful, but it was better than the first and we're over the moon we got the win". 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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