England players rip into each other during heated half-time inquest against Switzerland

Mae Harvey
September 12, 2018

England then made three straight changes, bringing on Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Harry Kane on 62 minutes.

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

Switzerland have faced England three times at the new Wembley since it was opened back in 2007 - tasting defeat twice. 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. After notching in previous trips away from Wembley at Sunderland in 2016 and Leeds earlier this year, the Manchester United man added another to his travelling tally in Leicester.

Come on, the Three Lions did reach the last four regardless. "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".

However, it almost cost the hosts the opening goal twice in a matter of seconds inside the first 10 minutes. For England, captain Eric Dier glanced a header narrowly wide from Rashford's clever free-kick.

Closer to halftime, England created virtually their best chance but Yann Sommer denied Ruben Loftus-Cheek from close range.

Switzerland were soon gifted a chance to settle into the game, though, as Jack Butland's attempts to play out from the back nearly backfired twice in quick succession - the second of which saw James Tarkowski robbed of the ball and Xherdan Shaqiri subsequently fire a low strike against the outside of the post when he should have done better. 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. "So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he said. Ironically, Gareth Southgate was also in the England line-up that day.

An England XI featuring nine changes were lucky to come in level at the break but an improved second-half showing and a 54th minute strike from Marcus Rashford - his second goal in as many games - was enough for a 1-0 victory.

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