Shaw heading back to Man United after England concussion

Arnold Nichols
September 12, 2018

Southgate, though, did at least stave off an unwanted record of becoming the first England boss to oversee four straight defeats and further puncture the feel-good factor of a run to the World Cup semi-finals.

Southgate's side kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Wembley on Saturday but concerns over their 23-year-old left-back's well-being overshadowed the result.

Rose admitted the players had words with each other at half-time.

However, the Spurs coach won't want to rush him back too soon as Tottenham face a tough trip to Italy to take on Inter Milan in their first Champions League group stage game next Tuesday. "There was plenty of room for improvement".

"We know the performance could have been better".

"We were trying to correct one or two things but also challenge them a bit, it was an important night for us to finish well and we knew it would be hard because of the changes and amount of game time, but I'm really pleased because the players have given everything this week".

Why is England vs Switzerland at King Power Stadium? However, a line-up displaying nine changes was outplayed for the opening 45 minutes.


'We could have been two or three nil down at half time, ' Rose added. It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it's not good enough.

Jack Butland misplaced a pass which rolled dangerously close to his own goal, and when the goalkeeper's next clearance to James Tarkowski was cut out by the Swiss high press, Xherdan Shaqiri should have scored rather than striking the post on his weaker right foot.

Switzerland looked impressively assured on the ball, managing to find space in midfield in a manner that generally proved beyond England, and saw 65 percent of possession in the first half.

The reward arrived in the 54th minute as Kyle Walker arrowed Rose's over-hit corner back into the box from the right and Rashford stroked home unmarked at the far post.

With many feeling the pair were unfairly overlooked when Southgate first named his England squad, fans on Twitter were excited to see both Gray and Chilwell get their first senior call-ups.

Renowned for his defensive steel, John Stones was quickly into the thick of things, preventing Shaqiri from finding the net from close range.

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