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England captain Harry Kane to be rested for Switzerland friendly

England captain Harry Kane to be rested for Switzerland friendly

The victory is England's first since the World Cup quarter-final, and also only Switzerland's third defeat from their last 23 outings across all competitions.

Gareth Southgate had earlier suggested that he expected a slack opening to the friendly in Leicester with three of his lineup having yet to start a game for their club this season and a makeshift feel to the selection. And he will be pleased with aspects of their display, but also aware of where he can continue to work on other areas when they meet again for Nations League trips to Croatia and Spain.

And in England's 2-1 defeat to Spain in the Uefa Nations League on Saturday, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw had to be taken off midway through the second half due to a head injury.

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

The England vs. Switzerland friendly will be live on Sky Sports Main Event.

"We didn't get hold of their pivot in the first half, [Granit] Xhaka was always available and their back three were finding him too easily. We had a real jigsaw of minutes to piece together, when to put people on or take them off, and we've got them through the game".

With the second half less than ten minutes old, Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner was half-cleared to Kyle Walker who delivered a pacy cross to the far post.

"We expect that, we encourage it". We wanted to finish the game strongly.

It wasn't until the five minutes of stoppage time that Switzerland looked like getting an equaliser, and even then the finishing was wayward as both Albian Ajeti and Edimilson Fernandes sent shots high and wide of the target when they should have done better. "It's important as a group to have got a win against a top-10 team", added Southgate, with the Swiss ranked eighth in the world.

We know all about the influx of foreign players into the Premier League and how the selection pool is becoming ever smaller to pick from. "I think for the teams that went towards the end of the World Cup it's a really hard period because so many players have missed pre-season and you're not really sure what physical condition they're in".