England players need club games to keep places says Gareth Southgate

13 September, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Harry Kane- Harry Kane is due a rest – he's tired admits England manager Gareth Soutgate ahead of Switzerland friendly

England boss Gareth Southgate admitted his team were "harsh on themselves" at half-time of their eventual 1-0 win against Switzerland on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium.

Marcus Rashford scored the game's only goal - his second in as many games for England after netting against Spain on Saturday.

But Spurs now don't have a fully rested up striker, as Southgate made a decision to play him in a friendly, which Pochettino may feel was an unnecessary risk from the England boss.

But if we are in a similar situation next month - three weeks into the season is one thing, but seven weeks and they have not played?

The excitement of the Three Lions' run to the World Cup semi-finals was a distant memory in a friendly match that allowed England to at least put behind them defeats to Croatia, Belgium and Spain.

Xherdan Shaqiri hit a post after Butland played James Tarkowski into trouble shortly after the Stoke goalkeeper almost rolled a pass into his own net. More importantly, he has finished them.

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Southgate's keenness for his players to be competing at the top level is clear, with the 25-year-old the only member of the squad now playing outside the Premier League.

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. He's had three days of little training.

After the latest in a long succession of major tournament disappointments, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic is attempting to give his side a makeover.

Seeking to match England's shape, Petkovic set Switzerland out in a new 3-5-1-1 system, with Shaqiri playing as a central playmaker - as he had against Iceland, although in a 4-2-3-1 formation - behind lone striker Mario Gavranovic.

Not surprisingly the upheaval resulted in what Danny Rose described as an "embarrassing" first-half display as the players struggled to find their rhythm. England generally prevented him from taking up unsafe positions, but he came close to breaking the deadlock early on after Gavranovic robbed Tarkowski on the edge of the box.

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