International Friendly Report: England v Switzerland 11 September 2018

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The Three Lions boss takes a call during training on Sunday morning

But England were lucky to not be trailing by the break after a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, while Xherdan Shaqiri hit the post for Switzerland early on after the hosts gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of their area.

The 20-year-old was England's goal scorer in their 2-1 loss to Spain in their Nations League opener at Wembley, and he was the match-winner for Gareth Southgate's men against Switzerland, ghosting in at the back post to apply a crisp volleyed finish to Kyle Walker's deep cross in the 54th minute.

It was his second goal in two games for the England team.

Southgate did turn to his bench on the hour mark as Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard and John Stones were all introduced, and the latter made an important contribution within minutes when he threw himself in the way of Shaqiri's goalbound effort from inside the box.

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

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Depth of quality does not appears to be a strong suit with the Three Lions' current crop and some new blood to push Southgate's regulars can be expected next month.

A fairly straight forward second half saw Butland end the game with a clean sheet, but the Championship player can count himself lucky the Swiss were not clinical in the first half. They recognise when they want to be better.

'Everybody voiced their opinion at half-time, I thought we did better in the second half'. And this resulted in many players taking home the prized cap, while how deserving they were of then being branded an "England international" has been open to great debate. Southgate admitted sympathy for the Croatians, who he believes are having similar difficulties to his own side after going so far at the World Cup in the summer. We also know that, on Saturday against Spain, we could have feasibly ended with a draw which would have looked different as well.

"It is easy for them to be harsh on themselves but Danny has only has had one match this season and we are suffering a physical situation on the back of the World Cup for so numerous players".

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