Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

The Three Lions were pushing for a return to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Spain over the weekend, while Switzerland thumped Iceland 6-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener. "So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he said.

It was his second goal in two games for the England team. "It was a tall order to ask them to go in and play against a really good side in Switzerland, who are an excellent team. There was plenty of room for improvement".

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 was important then that we solved a couple of the problems they were facing and kept things calm", Southgate said.

The 20-year-old's two goals will put pressure on the injured Raheem Sterling, who was preferred by Southgate in the World Cup starting line-up but is without an worldwide goal in 26 matches.

The victory is England's first since the World Cup quarter-final, and also only Switzerland's third defeat from their last 23 outings across all competitions.

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"We could have been two or three nil down at half-time", said England full-back Danny Rose. 'It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did. With the second half less than ten minutes old, Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner was half-cleared to Kyle Walker who delivered a pacy cross to the far post.

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.

Switzerland looked impressively assured on the ball, managing to find space in midfield in a manner that generally proved beyond England, and saw 65 percent of possession in the first half.

A more positive start to the second period for the hosts was rewarded with the only goal on 54 minutes when Kyle Walker's hanging cross to the back post was swept home by Rashford for his fifth global goal.

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