England players need club games to keep places says Gareth Southgate

Harry Maguire

Striker Marcus Rashford scored a second-half victor as a young and much-changed England avoided an unprecedented fourth successive defeat by beating Switzerland 1-0 in an global friendly on Tuesday.

Rashford is again struggling for game time at Old Trafford this season, but Southgate says his performances for England this week will boost his confidence when he returns to club duty under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has developed further as a player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane had when they were the same age, according to England manager Gareth Southgate. "He's had three days of little training, so half-an-hour was ideal to keep him ticking over".

'I am concerned about Harry Kane.

Kane is among the top strikers in the world, Rashford has plenty of potential but features mainly as a substitute for Manchester United, while Welbeck has a strong worldwide record but plays a bit-part at Arsenal.

Rashford visibly grew in confidence after scoring the goal and Manchester United fans will hope this helps the young striker find form with a busy month of Premier League and Champions League action looming.

"Yes he is (a special talent)", Southgate said of Rashford after seeing him score the only goal in Tuesday's friendly win over Switzerland. "We know how exciting he is and we know he is going to be a top player, he's got a super mentality and he's great to work with". I think they might, at the beginning, let Tottenham come at them a little bit, give them a bit of respect, which is right because Tottenham's home record was great past year.

'He's a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do.

"He's got huge competition for places at his club, so you can understand that".

"Alli has just had a minor strain and should be fine for his club at the weekend I would think, but Tuesday's game will come too quickly", he confirmed at the England news conference on Monday.

'We really wanted to make Marcus feel important over this period, ' added Southgate. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there. "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".

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