Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

England vs Switzerland takes place at Leicester's King Power Stadium instead of Wembley tonight.

England manager Gareth Southgate recognised his side have vast room for improvement despite bouncing back from three consecutive defeats as a much-changed team edged past Switzerland for a 1-0 friendly win thanks to Marcus Rashford's victor.

The 20-year-old also opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Spain at Wembley and Southgate was keen to see him come to the fore despite a lack of regular starts under Jose Mourinho at club level. "We know how exciting he is, we know that he's going to be a top player", he told Sky Sports .

Rashford's strike put some gloss on what was a less-than-convincing performance by the World Cup semifinalists, which was typified by the jitters of goalkeeper Jack Butland. Switzerland had their own good spell though and Xherdan Shaqiri will feel he might've done better when his low drive from the left clipped the outside of the post, but that was as close as they got.

Luke Shaw has left the England squad to recover from a concussion.

"We had a tactical problem to sort out and so many lads playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he added of the first-half display.

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Southgate found his players debating their poor first-half showing when he arrived in the King Power Stadium dressing room - something he takes heart from.

With Dele Alli absent through injury and Jesse Lingard dropping to the bench, responsibility for giving shape to England's attacking ideas in midfield fell to Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City's Fabian Delph.

"So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", said the England manager.

And he's named an England team with plenty of promise for the friendly fixture against a Switzerland side led by Vladimir Petkovic. Old stagers Valon Behrami and Gelson Fernandes both announced their worldwide retirements after being left out of the current get-together, and fellow World Cup squad members Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic were also overlooked.

England held out comfortably in the end to extend their unbeaten home record against Switzerland to 11 matches, winning seven of those. "He's had three days of little training, so half-an-hour was ideal to keep him ticking over".

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