Form Marcus Rashford Reminds United Fans What He Can Do

Dele Alli of England during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium

Alli started for the Three Lions on Saturday and completed the full ninety minutes as England slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Spain at Wembley Stadium in their Nations League opener.

England avoided a fourth successive defeat with a 1-0 win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium but Marcus Rashford's goal was one of the few highlights of a forgettable occasion. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there. "A real breakthrough for him".

It was Rashford's fifth goal for England in 27 matches.

More subs followed throughout the second half which disrupted the flow of the game, although England were enjoying a much greater degree of control than in the first half and Dier squandered a decent chance to add a second when he skied a left-footed strike over the bar from just outside the area. "It was a tall order to ask them to go in and play against a really good side in Switzerland, who are an excellent team". 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.

A fairly straight forward second half saw Butland end the game with a clean sheet, but the Championship player can count himself lucky the Swiss were not clinical in the first half.

"We altered the shape a little bit in the second half, which I think helped get our defence a little bit higher up the pitch and meant less running for our midfielders".

"It's not been a ideal week by any means but we finish with a win, which is important moving forward", said Southgate. We always encourage them to have a voice. Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves. We want to have an environment that's demanding because that's the only way we can keep raising the standards.

There was also a standout result in England's Nations League group on Tuesday night as Spain thumped Croatia 6-0 in Alicante.

"We know the performance could have been better".

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