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

Elena Summers
September 12, 2018

"We were trying to correct one or two things but also challenge them a bit, it was an important night for us to finish well and we knew it would be hard because of the changes and amount of game time, but I'm really pleased because the players have given everything this week".

A comfortable second half saw the hosts take back control of the tie which produced a positive outcome for Southgate's men with a Marcus Rashford goal deciding the game.

There was a marked improvement in the second period, with Rashford on hand to halt a run of three consecutive defeats for the World Cup semi-finalists. But while there were some satisfactions - among them a first clean sheet in four games - England remain a work in progress. "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".

The two teams could have met in the quarter-finals in Russian Federation had the Swiss not limped out of the competition with a whimper to Sweden in the last 16.

"He's going to be going back into matches at his club", said Southgate.

The victory is England's first since the World Cup quarter-final, and also only Switzerland's third defeat from their last 23 outings across all competitions.

'We could have been two or three nil down at half time, ' Rose added.

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

However, it almost cost the hosts the opening goal twice in a matter of seconds inside the first 10 minutes.

Switzerland were the superior side before the break and Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri should have given them the lead early on but his effort rattled the post. The Manchester United youngster took advantage of a rare opportunity to play the majority of the game as the central striker in Harry Kane's absence, by scoring the only goal of the game on 54 minutes.

With their rendition of Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again" in tribute to Gareth Southgate on loop for nearly the entire game, Rashford's goal was a rare moment of respite.

Renowned for his defensive steel, John Stones was quickly into the thick of things, preventing Shaqiri from finding the net from close range.

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