England 1-0 Switzerland: Kick It Out International


While England has always developed top-class talent, with the so-called "Golden Generation" featuring the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, current England boss Southgate has said that only Gazza can be described as a truly world class, game changing midfielder.

England's first-half performance in the friendly win over Switzerland was "embarrassing" and the players "weren't happy with how we were playing", says full-back Danny Rose.

Walker picked up an overhit corner on the right flank and subsequently delivered a pinpoint deep cross of his own, picking out Rashford who controlled a cushioned volley past Sommer from close range to score in back-to-back England games for the first time.

England are now back on track in the UEFA Nations League after losing their opening game against Spain on Saturday, with Croatia up next for the Three Lions on October 18th. After notching in previous trips away from Wembley at Sunderland in 2016 and Leeds earlier this year, the Manchester United man added another to his travelling tally in Leicester.

"It was a tall order to ask them to play against an excellent Switzerland side, they kept the ball well and we had to chase too much". Kane's Spurs teammate Eric Dier is expected to be captain.

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Switzerland had their chances in the first half, with Xherdan Shaqiri hitting the outside of the post from inside the box after seven minutes.

"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". And this resulted in many players taking home the prized cap, while how deserving they were of then being branded an "England international" has been open to great debate.

As part of the nods to the work of the campaign, the first 25 seconds of the players walking out of the tunnel were broadcast in black and white by Sky Sports.

While Kick It Out has held regular dedicated fixtures at Premier League and English Football League fixtures since 2001, this was the first global match hosted in honour of the organisation on its anniversary.

The Swiss, however, went close to finding the breakthrough after 36 minutes with Mario Gavranović and Ricardo Rodriguez going close in quick succession.