Subtle signs for Southgate that England are on track

England v Switzerland – Friendly International – Wembley Stadium – Reaction

England 2-1 Switzerland

It was a display of resilience and provided evidence of just why England are now a record twenty-one matches without defeat, within the boundaries of game time.

Of course, the one blemish was that Italy went on to win the penalty shootout that ensued in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. This after Luke Shaw’s early strike had been cancelled out by Leonardo Bonucci.

Manchester United defender, Shaw was again on target, levelling Breel Embolo’s opener for Switzerland, before Harry Kane grabbed a late winner from the spot to extend their impressive sequence.

“I think they’ve got pride in the way they’ve been playing and we talked last year about that and about their record last year,” Southgate enthused.

“Of course that can become a hindrance if you just focus on trying to stay unbeaten so the important thing today was how we performed and the test that the opposition gave us.

“And to see some players who perhaps haven’t played as often for us and some new players as well, which was a really good exercise for all of them.

the England boss added: “I thought it was a really good test. We went behind, we had tactical problems to solve, we had to defend properly.

“Of course towards the end of the game we were able to get more experience and some top players onto the pitch, which made us finish strongly as well and that was important for the team and also for the crowd.”

Brian Jeeves

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