England 1-0 Switzerland: Danny Rose says first half performance was 'embarrassing'


Marcus Rashford got ahead of Alexander-Arnold with the eye on goal, but flashed his effort way off target on 26 minutes.

Man-of-the-match Danny Rose revealed England held a dressing room inquest during half-time in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Switzerland. "It was a bit embarrassing, we could have been two or three down". 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. 'It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did.

The latter kept a clean sheet against the Swiss but he lacked the assurance of Pickford and the Everton keeper is certain to come back for England's next game, against Croatia on 12 October in the Uefa Nations League. It's important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other. A number of neat passing exchanges saw them create number of chances in the first half, with England stopper Butland called into a number of saves. It was the first minutes of football for several of them and to be up against a top side moving the ball as well as they were was one problem. We wanted to finish the game strongly. And we gave the ball away too cheaply.

The tempo fizzled out towards the final 15 minutes of the second half, with the Swiss showing no real attacking threat despite being a goal down.

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We'll have to wait and see whether Alli manages to recover in time for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime but it would be a huge blow for Tottenham if he's ruled out for any period of time. Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves.

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.

There was also a standout result in England's Nations League group on Tuesday night as Spain thumped Croatia 6-0 in Alicante. "That's a pleasing fact".