England 1 Switzerland 0: Rashford gets Southgate's men back to winning ways

Dejection for England and Dele Alli after Spain's second goal during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium

Southgate insisted after being outplayed for the majority of a 2-1 defeat by Spain in his side's inaugural Nations League encounter on Saturday that England must persist with his intention to improve on playing out from the back under pressure.

England held out comfortably in the end to extend their unbeaten home record against Switzerland to 11 matches, winning seven of those.

Switzerland were the superior side before the break and Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri should have given them the lead early on but his effort rattled the post.

The 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder played the entirety of England's first game since the World Cup on Saturday but will miss the clash with Switzerland at the King Power Stadium, instead returning to his club for treatment.

"We were outplayed", said Rose, who was one of England's better performers.

That was the trend for the rest of the half as the Three Lions hung on for the victory.

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WORST PLAYER - It was a shaky start to the night for the Jack Butland, but he did improve as the night went on.

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.

The excitement of the Three Lions' run to the World Cup semi-finals was a distant memory in a friendly match that allowed England to at least put behind them defeats to Croatia, Belgium and Spain.

STAR MAN - Ricardo Rodríguez was a stand out man for the Swiss, with the attacking full-back causing all sorts of problems for England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. I think there is a welfare thing in terms of looking after players. Delph offered little forward thrust either, meaning that it was often left to Rashford to take the initiative by turning and running at the Swiss back three.

"The players have given everything through a really hard period".

England fans have had to sit through some turgid friendlies during the past couple of decades, ruined largely by what felt like endless substitutions.

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