England captain Harry Kane to be rested for Switzerland friendly

Heather Diaz
September 12, 2018

England bounced back from three consecutive defeats for the first time in 30 years as a much-changed side edged past Switzerland for a 1-0 friendly win in Leicester thanks to Marcus Rashford's victor.

When England's squad for the two matches was first announced, some Leicester City fans were surprised to see neither Chilwell nor Gray included in the list after good starts to the season.

Southgate insisted after being outplayed for the majority of a 2-1 defeat by Spain in his side's inaugural Nations League encounter on Saturday that England must persist with his intention to improve on playing out from the back under pressure.

Rashford's strike put some gloss on what was a less-than-convincing performance by the World Cup semifinalists, which was typified by the jitters of goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw remained at St. George's Park on Sunday for further rest and monitoring having sustained concussion against Spain yesterday.

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Vladimir Petkovic's side thrashed Iceland 6-0 to kickstart their Nations League campaign and were the better side for the first 45 minutes at the King Power.

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

Although Loftus-Cheek did manage to work Sommer with a deflected effort from the edge of the box, by the time he made way for Lingard in the 62nd minute, he had done little to advance his cause. 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.

England reaped the benefits of a tactical tweak from Southgate at the interval after Switzerland controlled long periods of the first half. [Xherdan] Shaqiri was also dropping off the front into areas that were a problem and they were overloading in midfield.

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