England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2018

Butland's work with the ball at his feet had neither early on and, although he responded with a couple of decent saves, he had unhelpfully set the tone for a poor display that had to be rescued by half-time tweaks.

Man-of-the-match Rose was one of the few players to impress throughout and told Sky Sports there were a few home truths between team-mates at the interval.

England went into their recent Nations League fixture against Spain with only three attacking players - Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck. "Harry falls in the category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play". "We had a real jigsaw of minutes to piece together, when to put people on or take them off, and we've got them through the game".

After being pegged back, Switzerland struggled to reimburse the first half dominance that almost saw them surge ahead. "There was plenty of room for improvement".

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"We didn't get hold of their pivot in the first half, [Granit] Xhaka was always available and their back three were finding him too easily".

England worldwide and Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli, will be available for Spurs against Inter in their Champions League group game which is scheduled to be held in a weeks time at the San Siro.

"We altered the shape a little bit in the second half, which I think helped get our defence a little bit higher up the pitch and meant less running for our midfielders. The gaffer had a stern word with us and in the second half it was much better". "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". "We expect and encourage it because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view of what's going on". "We were outplayed", said Rose, who was one of England's better performers. 'We also know that, on Saturday, we could have feasibly ended with a draw which would have looked different as well.

There was also a standout result in England's Nations League group on Tuesday night as Spain thumped Croatia 6-0 in Alicante. "It wouldn't surprise me if Croatia are having similar difficulties".

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