England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

"The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room".

Rose was up and down the flank the whole game, with a number of neat interchanges with Harry Maguire leading to chances for the Three Lions.

"We spoke at half-time and we weren't happy with how we were playing, but we took control after the break and got the goal".

England struggled to get Loftus-Cheek on the ball in unsafe positions in the first half and when they did, he was unable to do much with it, often showing an inability to turn when presented with the ball with his back to goal.

Jack Butland misplaced a pass which rolled dangerously close to his own goal, and when the goalkeeper's next clearance to James Tarkowski was cut out by the Swiss high press, Xherdan Shaqiri should have scored rather than striking the post on his weaker right foot.


It was his second goal in two games for the England team. And he will be pleased with aspects of their display, but also aware of where he can continue to work on other areas when they meet again for Nations League trips to Croatia and Spain. "So I thought this is a good opportunity to do it".

A lacklustre opening 45 from England saw the first half come to a close goalless, with the visitors probably feeling like they should have been in the lead.

Calling Butland into a couple of saves in the first half, Rodríguez was making sure he was always an option, and was continuously involved in the Swiss' attractive style of play. We want to have an environment that's demanding because that's the only way we can keep raising the standards.

Southgate, meanwhile, said of the row between the players at half-time: 'We expect that, we encourage it.

England proved far too strong for the Swedes before falling short against Croatia in the last four, but it is Switzerland who have so far bounced back from their World Cup disappointment the stronger. "I think for the teams that went towards the end of the World Cup it's a really hard period because so many players have missed pre-season and you're not really sure what physical condition they're in".

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