England 1-0 Switzerland: Danny Rose says first half performance was 'embarrassing'

England 1-0 Switzerland: Danny Rose says first half performance was 'embarrassing'

England 1-0 Switzerland: Danny Rose says first half performance was 'embarrassing'

And Southgate allowed the players a customary few minutes alone before the coaching staff came in to speak with the team and seemed pleased with what he found.

If the match confirmed what Southgate knows about Rashford, it also showed the England manager that there is clear daylight in the pecking order between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

England's lack of quality in the middle of the park was highlighted on Saturday night when former World Champions Spain brought their riches of midfield talent to Wembley to dominate England in their UEFA Nations League opener.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate will be eager for his side to bounce back from defeats to Croatia, Belgium and Spain in their past three fixtures.


"It was a tall order to ask them to play against an excellent Switzerland side, they kept the ball well and we had to chase too much". Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves. With the second half less than ten minutes old, Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner was half-cleared to Kyle Walker who delivered a pacy cross to the far post. For England, captain Eric Dier glanced a header narrowly wide from Rashford's clever free-kick. 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.

England did manage to carve out a chance just before the break as Danny Rose's cross found Danny Welbeck, whose close range strike was palmed away by Yann Sommer.

"We had a tactical problem to sort out and so many lads playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he added of the first-half display. And for those at home, the first 25 seconds of coverage were broadcast in black and white to raise more awareness of Kick It Out's anniversary and good work.

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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