Marcus Rashford will be a top player, says England boss Gareth Southgate

8th September 2018 Wembley Stadium London England UEFA Nations League football England versus Spain Dele Alli of England

The 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder played the entirety of England's first game since the World Cup on Saturday but will miss the clash with Switzerland at the King Power Stadium, instead returning to his club for treatment.

Depth of quality does not appears to be a strong suit with the Three Lions' current crop and some new blood to push Southgate's regulars can be expected next month.

"It's not been a flawless week by any means but we finish with a win, which is important moving forward", said Southgate.

His biggest moment in an England shirt came at the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, when he scored the second goal in the Three Lions' quarter-final win over Sweden.

Marcus Rashford scored the game's only goal - his second in as many games for England after netting against Spain on Saturday.

The hosts looked much sharper after the break, however, with manager Gareth Southgate making a raft of substitutions, including bringing on striker Harry Kane in the 61st minute despite having indicated that he would be rested.

Manchester United forward Rashford gave the Three Lions an early lead at home to Spain on Sunday (AEST) before they fell to a 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat.

Vladimir Petkovic's side thrashed Iceland 6-0 to kickstart their Nations League campaign and were the better side for the first 45 minutes at the King Power. 'It's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did.

After being pegged back, Switzerland struggled to reimburse the first half dominance that almost saw them surge ahead. 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.

A more positive start to the second period for the hosts was rewarded with the only goal on 54 minutes when Kyle Walker's hanging cross to the back post was swept home by Rashford for his fifth worldwide goal.

Renowned for his defensive steel, John Stones was quickly into the thick of things, preventing Shaqiri from finding the net from close range.

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