Gascoigne 'offered to play' against Switzerland - Southgate

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September 13, 2018

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford was on target for the second straight game for England, who defeated Switzerland 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

It was Rashford's fifth goal for England in 27 matches.

One fan did, however, not buy into the global friendly hype.

Southgate could make up to nine changes from the team that started England's Nations League campaign with a 2-1 defeat by Spain at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

"We could have been two or three-nil down at half-time", admitted Rose, who was man-of-the-match. "In the end, we are over the moon to keep a clean sheet and get back to winning ways", he told BBC Radio 5 live.

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.

Although, the Swiss got a big chance to punish them for poor defending but Xherdan Shaqiri shot wide from a one-on-one position with an on-rushing Jack Butland on six minutes.

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"So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season so it was a tall order to ask them to go in and play against a really good side in Switzerland, who are an excellent team".

"I was at Manchester City against Huddersfield and you think: 'Well, OK, it is a game where Foden will play.' But actually, if I am Pep, I have other players, senior players, who I have to get up to speed because they haven't had many match minutes".

Rashford has failed to do that too often at Old Trafford. Old stagers Valon Behrami and Gelson Fernandes both announced their global retirements after being left out of the current get-together, and fellow World Cup squad members Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic were also overlooked.

And he's named an England team with plenty of promise for the friendly fixture against a Switzerland side led by Vladimir Petkovic.

After being pegged back, Switzerland struggled to reimburse the first half dominance that almost saw them surge ahead.

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

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