England vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Grant SmithSep 12, 2018

The 20-year-old was England's goal scorer in their 2-1 loss to Spain in their Nations League opener at Wembley, and he was the match-winner for Gareth Southgate's men against Switzerland, ghosting in at the back post to apply a crisp volleyed finish to Kyle Walker's deep cross in the 54th minute.

Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi-finalists came into the match on the back of three consecutive defeats and his much-changed line-up were off the pace in the first 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium.

While both sides will feel they could've been ahead at the break, it was Switzerland's Yann Sommer who was the busier of the two goalkeepers. "The second half wasn't awesome, but it was better than the first and we're over the moon we got the win". Loftus-Cheek, who has become the canary in the mine for England's youth development pathway, had played only 33 minutes for Chelsea this season prior to kickoff, while Delph was making his first appearance of the campaign. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of an organisation which has done so much to eradicate racism and all forms of discrimination in the game and society, there was a strong Kick It Out presence around the King Power Stadium. And we gave the ball away too cheaply. [Xherdan] Shaqiri was also dropping off the front into areas that were a problem and they were overloading in midfield.

'Everybody voiced their opinion at half-time, I thought we did better in the second half'.

"Before I got in the players were trying to sort things out", he continued.

"We expect and encourage it because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view". Today, they were harsh on themselves.

"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". 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.

"I imagine Croatia are having similar difficulties".

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