Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Rashford gets England back to winning ways over Switzerland

Rashford gets England back to winning ways over Switzerland

England's players did not hold back from criticising each other at halftime following a bad start to Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland and defender Danny Rose believes the exchange helped them improve and seal a 1-0 victory. While England goalkeeper Jack Butland made some important saves, Southgate's side too often looked vulnerable in defence in the opening 45 minutes. He's had three days of little training.

"I am concerned about Harry Kane". Leicester City's Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray have been promoted from the under 21s for Tuesday night's friendly with Switzerland and the pair have limited Premier League experience, though Southgate is truly down to the bare bones - so much so that there is no replacement for the newly-injured Dele Alli. "In the end, we are over the moon to keep a clean sheet and get back to winning ways".

"He would have been a bit disappointed about the amount of time he had at the World Cup, but it was important especially to get him in the penalty box and remembering the areas he needs to be scoring goals from, and so his confidence will be boosted I'm sure, two goals against top-quality opposition in both games".

"They have huge competition for places and I know Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He's got huge competition for places at his club, so you can understand (his frustration)".

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Rashford scored in England's matches against Spain and Switzerland, moving onto five global goals. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there.

"We were trying to correct one or two things but also challenge them a bit, it was an important night for us to finish well and we knew it would be hard because of the changes and amount of game time, but I'm really pleased because the players have given everything this week". I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs.

Kane has scored two goals in six games for club and country this season, and Tottenham play host to Liverpool in the Premier League live on Sky Sports from 11.30am on Saturday. "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".

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