Monday, 10 December, 2018

England end losing run with 1-0 friendly win over Swiss

England's Kyle Walker Marcus Rashford Trent Alexander Arnold and Harry Maguire look on as the prepare to take a free-kick Action Images via Reuters  Andrew Boyers England end losing run with 1-0 friendly win over Swiss
Kristopher Love | 13 September, 2018, 09:01

Marcus Rashford went into the worldwide break under a cloud, after being red-carded for rashly lowering his head into Phil Bardsley's face during Manchester United's 2-0 win at Burnley, but he emerges from it as one of the few players to have scored points - and the only one to have scored any goals - for England.

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.

'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.

Eric Dier will captain a side that is likely to include goalkeeper Jack Butland, defenders James Tarkowski, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph, plus striker Danny Welbeck.

England fans took to social media to vent their frustration at the fact that the Manchester United forward was not given starting opportunities for England in Russian Federation. Indeed, how much a number of his players will perform when they seem to be on the periphery of their club sides.

"He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not the continuous starts, and I'm really pleased for him that he leaves here full of confidence".

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.

Rashford has cut a frustrated figure at Old Trafford after starting just one game this season.

'I don't think he should have been here for the two weeks. 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 minutes. Playing him for 30 minutes was no big issue.

England played 34 fixtures away from Wembley while the new stadium was being built. I think there is a welfare thing in terms of looking after players. To start the game is a different sort of feel, mentally it's different'.