England v Switzerland - Preview and possible lineups

Arnold Nichols
September 11, 2018

Both sides fielded solid XIs for the match as Luis Enrique oversaw his first game in charge of La Roja after being hired to replace interim boss Fernando Hierro, who managed the team at the 2018 World Cup following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui.

But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russian Federation, stormed back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo. "But I don't think we were under any illusions as a coaching team".

Not one of England's midfielders was a patch on their Spanish counterparts in terms of technique, close control or pinpoint incisive passing.

"Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands", a post from Shaw's Twitter account said after England's 2-1 loss in the UEFA Nations League game.

"But over the 90 minutes we have to accept that Spain were better than us for long periods of the game".

Kieran Trippier insists England are not concerned by their recent run of defeats as they focus on continuing to build their team.

"But I thought Gomez's defending was exceptional".

"Your errors sometimes help you, as you try to improve and grow up and all in all I am really happy with David, he is a top player".

Winning his first game in charge against England gives Luis Enrique a ideal start, and even with the recent retirements of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, he still has great quality to work with.

"We know there is a distance to go to the very top teams", said Southgate.

"At the moment we have had initial discussions but that has been it".

"It will be a tough match, so I think a draw would be good for us".

Talking with journalists that are well informed about what is going on in the Spain camp there is the sense that Luis Enrique needs to call up the best players to his squad.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game. A lot of guys who were with us over the summer did not get as much football as they would have liked".

Earlier, Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw had left the field on a stretcher following lengthy treatment from more than ten medical staff after a collision with Dani Carvajal.

The decision to award a free-kick for an apparent foul by Welbeck was wrong because David de Gea lost the ball without the England striker making contact with him.

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