Gascoigne 'offered to play' against Switzerland - Southgate

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

Manager Gareth Southgate is likely to select Ruben Loftus-Cheek to replace Alli after leaving the Chelsea playmaker on the bench on Saturday.

England's players required a half-time slanging match to turn around a poor display and earn victory over Switzerland in last night's friendly at the King Power Stadium. Southgate also expressed concerns about the fact Jack Butland now plays in the Championship with Stoke and even Marcus Rashford, England's scorer in their past two games, is not a regular for Manchester United, with only one Premier League start this season. But while there were some satisfactions - among them a first clean sheet in four games - England remain a work in progress.

"It was a tall order to ask them to play against an excellent Switzerland side, they kept the ball well and we had to chase too much".

Southgate said: "He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not the continuous starts, and I'm really pleased that he leaves us full of confidence".

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'Marcus has got huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that. 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.

When asked to stack up England's most talented players against the likes of Spain's Andres Iniesta, Xavi and David Silva, Southgate said: "The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a outcome of a unique talent". But actually if I am Pep I have other players, senior players, who I have to get up to speed because they haven't had many minutes.

His time under Jose Mourinho has seen his progress halted after an exciting debut season under Louis Van Gaal, so this strike for England will be a timely reminder of what Rashford can do when he's playing with confidence. "So I thought this is a good opportunity to do it".

'So I am hopeful next month we have a slightly different situation, because the problem we are faced with is whether we pick lesser players who are up to speed or we pick what we believe are the best players and accept that, for some of the younger ones in particular, they might have not had as much game time.

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