Marcus Rashford proves his worth, leading patchy England to win over Swiss

8th September 2018 Wembley Stadium London England UEFA Nations League football England versus Spain Dele Alli of England

Petkovic awarded debuts to three young players in Switzerland's crushing 6-0 win over Iceland in their Nations League opener - right-back Kevin Mbabu, midfielder Djibril Sow and forward Albian Ajeti - and although the team that lined up against England was more experienced, with 30-somethings Stephan Lichtsteiner and Johan Djourou coming into the starting XI, there was novelty in the Swiss tactical setup.

Three quick thoughts from England's 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Butland's work with the ball at his feet had neither early on and, although he responded with a couple of decent saves, he had unhelpfully set the tone for a poor display that had to be rescued by half-time tweaks.

"It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did", he said.

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.

Television footage of the players walking out onto the pitch was broadcast in black and white for 25 seconds to mark the 25th anniversary of the anti-racism campaign Kick It Out.

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.

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With the match goalless and the Swiss having enjoyed the majority of the play and better opportunities, the players took it upon themselves to demand an improvement before the manager and his staff conducted their own teamtalk.

"We know the performance could have been better". "We expect and encourage it because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view of what's going on". We wanted to finish the game strongly.

While both sides will feel they could've been ahead at the break, it was Switzerland's Yann Sommer who was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

"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".

"It is easy for them to be harsh on themselves but Danny has only has had one match this season and we are suffering a physical situation on the back of the World Cup for so numerous players".

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