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

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

While England has always developed top-class talent, with the so-called "Golden Generation" featuring the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, current England boss Southgate has said that only Gazza can be described as a truly world class, game changing midfielder.

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.

Gareth Southgate's side were looking to avoid a record fourth straight defeat after losing against Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals, Belgium in the third/fourth-place play-off and in Saturday's Nations League opener against Spain.

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"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". For England, captain Eric Dier glanced a header narrowly wide from Rashford's clever free-kick.

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.

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. The Borussia Monchengladbach stopper then did well to save a deflected effort from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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Southgate - who would become the first England manager to suffer four successive defeats if the Swiss prevail - is not calling up a replacement for Alli having already bolstered his squad with uncapped young Leicester City duo, defender Ben Chilwell and winger Demerai Gray. Ironically, Gareth Southgate was also in the England line-up that day.

"If he hadn't come on, he'd have done some running on the pitch after the match".

Alli has completed 90 minutes in all but one of Spurs' league games this season, coming off on the 80-minute mark after scoring in their opening day win over Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena. 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.

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Butland atoned for his earlier wobbles by thwarting Mario Gavranovic and Ricardo Rodriguez as England struggled to impose themselves on the contest.

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