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Jack Butland happy to live dangerously in Gareth Southgate's England system

Jack Butland happy to live dangerously in Gareth Southgate's England system”

The England boss revealed there was already a discussion going on between his squad when he arrived in the dressing room at half time, with the game goalless at the break.

But Spurs now don't have a fully rested up striker, as Southgate chose to play him in a friendly, which Pochettino may feel was an unnecessary risk from the England boss.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of a scrappy game in the 54th minute to prevent England slumping to a record fourth successive defeat and his team-mates admitted their limitations after Gareth Southgate made nine changes to the team beaten by Spain at Wembley last Saturday.

So, take a look at the slideshow above to see which players we feel were fortunate to wear the three lions as one of England's elite. In the end we're over the moon to keep a clean sheet...

Rashford's strike put some gloss on what was a less-than-convincing performance by the World Cup semifinalists, which was typified by the jitters of goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Overrun in midfield and shaky in defence, the determination to play out from the back nearly cost them in the opening stages.

Southgate's keenness for his players to be competing at the top level is clear, with the 25-year-old the only member of the squad now playing outside the Premier League.

However, he is now making it clear that the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with 33 minutes for Chelsea this season, and Fabian Delph, who has not featured at all for City, might have to be excluded if they do not start playing more regularly before the game in Rijeka on 12 October and, three days later, at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.

"His first season was last season and he had a fantastic season, he got the player of the year award and he rightly deserved that as well".

If England lose against Switzerland, it will be the nation's longest ever run of losses. The 22-year-old produced one moment of quality, threading a pass down the right to Rashford, whose cross teed up Rose for an effort that forced Yann Sommer into his first meaningful save.

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.

Southgate has lamented England's failure to produce midfielders of the calibre that Croatia and Spain possess.



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