England players need club games to keep places says Gareth Southgate

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that midfielder Dele Alli is expected to return from injury in time for Tottenham Hotspur's match against Liverpool after the global break, according to Sky Sports.

England's players required a half-time slanging match to turn around a poor display and earn victory over Switzerland in last night's friendly at the King Power Stadium.

Having had little time to impress in a Man United shirt this season, Rashford has taken the opportunity of the worldwide break to remind English football fans of his talent.

The Three Lions boss added: "I am delighted because we really wanted to make him feel important over this period".

With Dele Alli absent through injury and Jesse Lingard dropping to the bench, responsibility for giving shape to England's attacking ideas in midfield fell to Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City's Fabian Delph.

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.

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'If we are in a similar situation next month... three weeks into the season is one thing, but seven weeks into the season and they have not played is even more complicated, ' he said.

"So we have got to give Marcus time to develop". The 22-year-old produced one moment of quality, threading a pass down the right to Rashford, whose cross teed up Rose for an effort that forced Yann Sommer into his first meaningful save.

"I thought this is a good opportunity to do it", Southgate said on Monday.

"I was at Manchester City against Huddersfield and you think: 'Well, OK, it is a game where Foden will play.' But actually, if I am Pep, I have other players, senior players, who I have to get up to speed because they haven't had many match minutes".

Foden has played just eight minutes this season and for that reason Southgate continues to exclude him.

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.

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