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England scrape past Switzerland

A Marcus Rashford second-half goal saw England scrape through to a one-nil victory against a resilient Swiss side in the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. The English didn’t look too comfortable on the ball since the start of the game and it showed when they failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities in the game. Gareth Southgate yet again opted to start with Marcus Rashford leading his line after the striker managed to score in their previous encounter against the Spanish through a splendid Luke Shaw cross while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watched on. Luke Shaw was left out of the game against the Swiss after he suffered a concussion against Spain.

But England managed to return to winning ways after three consecutive defeats. However, Switzerland started the game looking much sharper. Liverpool man Shaqiri struck the post early on after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Jack Butland, who replaced Jordan Pickford on goal played Tarkowski into trouble. Manager Gareth Southgate made nine changes to the side that lost their opening friendly against Spain 2 – 1, and it showed for most parts of the game. England had to improve after the break and they did as Rashford coolly finished off a half-volley of a Kyle Walker cross after the Swiss failed to clear a corner. 

Rashford a big success

Rashford was one of those players who had to use the opportunity of these friendlies to show his worth both at a club and at the international level and he did just that. The 20-year-old Manchester United forward has just played 122 minutes for the Red Devils and was sent off after receiving a red card when he came off as a substitute in the game against Burnley last weekend. But the boy wonder put all that behind him and was undoubtedly England’s best player during these friendlies. Rashford still has an understandable rawness about him but also pace, fearlessness and most importantly an eye for goal and the youngster has shown the world why exactly he is called the Boy Wonder. 

 

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