Alli out of England squad to face Switzerland

Spurs lift their last piece of silverware. Image PA Images

Spurs lift their last piece of silverware. Image PA Images

Southgate, meanwhile, said of the row between the players at half-time: 'We expect that, we encourage it.

If the match confirmed what Southgate knows about Rashford, it also showed the England manager that there is clear daylight in the pecking order between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

With their rendition of Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again" in tribute to Gareth Southgate on loop for nearly the entire game, Rashford's goal was a rare moment of respite.

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.

"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".

More subs followed throughout the second half which disrupted the flow of the game, although England were enjoying a much greater degree of control than in the first half and Dier squandered a decent chance to add a second when he skied a left-footed strike over the bar from just outside the area. "A real breakthrough for him". But it was quite calm by the time we got in there. "There was plenty of room for improvement". Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri had the best chance of the half, when he struck the post from 18 yards out.

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"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".

'It's important they have a view, they are intelligent football players, they should have a view of what's going on.

And they most recently played away from London when they hosted Costa Rica prior to the World Cup.

"It was two tough tests against different formations and in the end we've got a good result tonight and could arguably have deserved a draw on Saturday".

Rashford aside, Danny Rose also caught the eye on England's left flank before giving way to local favourite Ben Chilwell, who made his worldwide debut. Following Luke Shaw's similarly encouraging showing against Spain and with Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold as options on the other side, wing-back is one position where Southgate does not lack for elite talent.

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