Harry Maguire already looks like an England veteran, says Leicester teammate

Grant SmithSep 13, 2018

One fan did, however, not buy into the worldwide friendly hype.

After an exciting summer of World Cup action and a creditable narrow defeat to Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League game over the weekend, "dull worldwide friendly" service resumed for Gareth Southgate's England as they took on Switzerland at the King Power Stadium. Clearly ill at ease with the ball at his feet, the Stoke man nearly passed the ball into his own net in the sixth minute and his under-hit pass to James Tarkowski seconds later culminated in Xherdan Shaqiri hitting the post for the visitors. Marcus Rashford's second-half strike was enough to earn the Three Lions their first win in three games.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said former teammate Paul Gascoigne offered to play against Switzerland as the pair caught up before the global friendly.

"We could have been two or three-nil down at half-time", admitted Rose, who was man-of-the-match.

"It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did", he said.

"His first season was last season and he had a fantastic season, he got the player of the year award and he rightly deserved that as well". We needed to keep him ticking over.

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.

Marcus Rashford is ahead of where Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane were at his age - but needs to be made to feel "important". I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs. He's had three days of little training.

The Reds travel to Wembley looking to continue their flawless start to the new Premier League season, while Mauricio Pochettino's side will be hoping to bounce back having seen their own spotless start spoiled by Watford in their final game before the worldwide break. Television footage of the players walking out onto the pitch was broadcast in black and white for 25 seconds to mark the 25th anniversary of the anti-racism campaign Kick It Out. Also, we wanted to finish the game strongly.

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