England’s first-half performance was ‘embarrassing’ says Danny Rose

England’s first-half performance was ‘embarrassing’ says Danny Rose

England’s first-half performance was ‘embarrassing’ says Danny Rose

England's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring against Switzerland.

Kane has appeared sluggish and off the pace since returning from an ankle injury sustained against Bournemouth in March and Neville expressed his surprise that Gareth Southgate chose to use him as a second half substitute during England's 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday. "It was a bit embarrassing, we could have been two or three down".

Luke Shaw will also be unavailable to Southgate after suffering a concussion in the Uefa Nations League match, his first start for the Three Lions in three years.

"I'm really pleased for him", said Southgate, when asked about the performance of Rashford. It's important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other.

"They were frustrated in the first half, but I always knew that was a risk".

"But this is one of those occasions where what we want to look at with our squad ties in with doing the right thing with the players for our long-term benefit".

England struggled to get Loftus-Cheek on the ball in unsafe positions in the first half and when they did, he was unable to do much with it, often showing an inability to turn when presented with the ball with his back to goal.

We'll have to wait and see whether Alli manages to recover in time for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime but it would be a huge blow for Tottenham if he's ruled out for any period of time. But it's a good sign there's some leadership in the group.

WORST PLAYER - The Swiss star really should have scored in the first half, but spurned a one-on-one opportunity. And this resulted in many players taking home the prized cap, while how deserving they were of then being branded an "England international" has been open to great debate.

Apparently, Gareth Southgate's men would have won the World Cup, if only Rashford were not stuck to the bench. The slickness of their passing did not translate into goal chances, but after their rout of Iceland, the spring in their step augurs well for next month's testing trip to Belgium in the Nations League. "That's a pleasing fact".

"We all weren't happy with the performance, we gave them too much respect with the ball".

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