Rashford on target after half-time row

Aubrey Yates
September 13, 2018

England avoided a fourth successive defeat with a 1-0 win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium but Marcus Rashford's goal was one of the few highlights of a forgettable occasion.

The England boss revealed there was already a discussion going on between his squad when he arrived in the dressing room at half time, with the game goalless at the break.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said former teammate Paul Gascoigne offered to play against Switzerland as the pair caught up before the worldwide friendly.

Gareth Southgate made wholesale changes from the weekend's Nations League clash, with only Rashford and Harry Maguire retaining their spots. "In the end, we are over the moon to keep a clean sheet and get back to winning ways", he told BBC Radio 5 live. More importantly, he has finished them.

He almost scuffed a pass into his own goal when trying to find Harry Maguire, and then played James Tarkowski into trouble, presenting Xherdan Shaqiri with an opportunity that he spurned.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw could play in Saturday's Premier League game at Watford, a week after suffering concussion while playing for England.

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Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph will start in midfield, while Danny Welbeck joins Rashford up front.

"His first season was last season and he had a fantastic season, he got the player of the year award and he rightly deserved that as well".

Rashford has failed to do that too often at Old Trafford. He's had three days of little training. Old stagers Valon Behrami and Gelson Fernandes both announced their worldwide retirements after being left out of the current get-together, and fellow World Cup squad members Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic were also overlooked.

He was England's focal point in attack during a cagey game against Switzerland, driving his team forward with some driving runs through the middle.

Fortunately, England managed to get through the Switzerland match without the need to call on Gazza's services. England generally prevented him from taking up unsafe positions, but he came close to breaking the deadlock early on after Gavranovic robbed Tarkowski on the edge of the box.

Southgate has lamented England's failure to produce midfielders of the calibre that Croatia and Spain possess. The slickness of their passing did not translate into goal chances, but after their rout of Iceland, the spring in their step augurs well for next month's testing trip to Belgium in the Nations League.

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