England end losing run with 1-0 friendly win over Swiss

'Our first half performance was embarrassing but it's great we can shout at each other to change things, ' said the Tottenham defender, who impressed as England bounced back from Saturday's 2-1 Wembley defeat to Spain.

The match itself was fairly tiresome, with England struggling to break down a dour Swiss side who did not offer much of an attacking threat themselves. 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.

The visitors continued to see more of the ball and their control over the game increased as the first half wore on, but England did come close to an opener in the 16th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold's free kick was glanced narrowly wide of the target by a stooping Eric Dier.

Much of the talk in the aftermath of England's loss to Spain last Saturday focused on the lack of a world-class creative midfielder in the hosts' ranks, with Southgate opining afterwards that England have not produced such a player since Paul Gascoigne, who happened to be in attendance at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

'We could have been two or three nil down at half time, ' Rose added.

While England has always developed top-class talent, with the so-called "Golden Generation" featuring the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, current England boss Southgate has said that only Gazza can be described as a truly world class, game changing midfielder. Rose was up and down the flank the whole game, with a number of neat interchanges with Harry Maguire leading to chances for the Three Lions.

The stopper began with a mishit pass almost hitting the back of his own net, before playing defender James Tarkowski into trouble which finished with Shaqiri smashing the post. "The second half wasn't fantastic, but it was better than the first and we're over the moon we got the win".

The Swiss had 65% possession in the opening period at the King Power Stadium, with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri striking the post.

"Before I got in the players were trying to sort things out", he continued.

Although being taken off at half time, the left-back can be pleased with his performance as he returns to the Serie A.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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