England goals important for Marcus Rashford - Southgate

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The Three Lions could have lost four games in a row for the first time in their history - just months after their charge to the World Cup semi-finals - but Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game early in the second half to fire his side back to winning ways. There was definitely a lot of room for improvement.

"It was important then that we solved a couple of the problems they were facing and kept things calm".

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The two teams could have met in the quarter-finals in Russian Federation had the Swiss not limped out of the competition with a whimper to Sweden in the last 16. However, a line-up displaying nine changes was outplayed for the opening 45 minutes.

Seeking to match England's shape, Petkovic set Switzerland out in a new 3-5-1-1 system, with Shaqiri playing as a central playmaker - as he had against Iceland, although in a 4-2-3-1 formation - behind lone striker Mario Gavranovic.

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It was Rashford's fifth goal for England in 27 matches. It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other it's not good enough. Switzerland had their own good spell though and Xherdan Shaqiri will feel he might've done better when his low drive from the left clipped the outside of the post, but that was as close as they got.

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.

But his side, containing nine changes from the weekend, was struggling even to cope with the Swiss' passing and movement as the visitors enjoyed almost 65 per cent possession before the break.

The Manchester United forward clinically side-footed the ball home at the back post in the 54th minute at Leicester City's King Power Stadium after an over-hit corner was swung back in by Kyle Walker.

With many feeling the pair were unfairly overlooked when Southgate first named his England squad, fans on Twitter were excited to see both Gray and Chilwell get their first senior call-ups.

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