England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

England boss Gareth Southgate reviews win over Switzerland

The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur star suffered the injury in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Nations League.

The match itself was fairly tiresome, with England struggling to break down a dour Swiss side who did not offer much of an attacking threat themselves.

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.

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

"We could have been two or three-nil down at half-time", admitted Rose, who was man-of-the-match.

England coach Gareth Southate welcomed the exchange.

The Spurs full-back was very energetic in the first period, before continuing a similar role in the second. He ain't a centre back and he certainly ain't any sort of midfielder I'm seriously starting to doubt if he is even a footballer, absolutely honking!

If Xherdan Shaqiri had been more clinical against former teammate Jack Butland, then the visitors could have seen themselves comfortably in front by the half hour mark.

Petković will find himself unlucky to not have taken anything from the game, but another positive performance from his side will please the Bosnian born boss as he looks to build on their Round of 16 exit in the World Cup.

After being pegged back, Switzerland struggled to reimburse the first half dominance that almost saw them surge ahead.

The Swiss continued being troublesome, as Mario Gavranovic got behind the defence and into the box to go level with Butland but the keeper saved at the near post. Delph offered little forward thrust either, meaning that it was often left to Rashford to take the initiative by turning and running at the Swiss back three. The gaffer had a stern word with us and in the second half it was much better. A shot which blazed over the bar from 12 yards out in the second half summed up the Liverpool midfielder's night.

It's then back to Wembley in November for games with US and Croatia, for which tickets are on sale now.

One fan did, however, not buy into the global friendly hype.

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