Kane, Shaw seal England’s comeback in opposition to the Swiss

Harry Kane celebrates after giving England the lead from the penalty spot

England started their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley Stadium, which prolonged their unbeaten report to 21 matches.

Harry Kane took second place with Sir Bobby Charlton in England’s all-time scoring charts, scoring his forty ninth worldwide aim from the penalty spot to seal the Three Lions’ win with 12 minutes left.

Luke Shaw’s violent marketing campaign (45 + 1) noticed England get well from a disappointing show within the first half as Brill Empolo saved the guests (22) and Switzerland fell into the aim on two events.

The victory extends England’s unbeaten run to a record-breaking 21 matches – the longest within the nationwide crew’s historical past – laying the proper foundations as Gareth Southgate’s crew attempt to advance one step additional on this yr’s World Cup main event in Qatar.

Participant scores

England: Pickford (8), Walker Peters (7), White (6), Coady (7), Juehi (7), Shaw (7), Henderson (6), Gallagher (8), Mount (6), Kane (7) ), Foden (7).

Subs: Rice (6), Mitchell (7), Sterling (6), Grealish (6), Bellingham (unavailable), and Watkins (unknown).

Switzerland: Omlin (7), Widmer (6), Akanji (6), Frey (6), Rodriguez (7), Stephen (6), Zaka (7), Shaqiri (7), Froller (6), Vargas (7), Ambolus (7).

Subs: Mbabo (6), Zuber (5), Su (6), Zekeri (6), Ibecher (unknown), Javranovic (unknown).

man of the match: Conor Gallagher

Breaking the report in England on the way in which to Qatar

Kyle Walker-Peters in the first England-Switzerland match
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Kyle Walker Peters makes his England debut in opposition to Switzerland

Fears {that a} John Stones harm within the warm-up and a late withdrawal would bother England got here as Southgate’s inexperienced debutants Mark Guehy and Kyle Walker Peters had been injured in opposition to a Switzerland facet who felt their first-ever win at Wembley. It may very well be on the playing cards.

Energetic Conor Gallagher had a quarter-hour header twisting shot, but it surely was Swiss domination from there on, as Embolo peeked at Xherdan Shaqiri’s excellent cross by an inch and obtained a questionable VAR offside to provide the guests the lead.

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Swiss Brielle Embolo opens the scoring in opposition to England at Wembley.

England owed Jordan Pickford to not drop by two targets when he brilliantly dispatched Fabian Fry’s formidable effort to the crossbar, earlier than Walker Peters blushed with an offside flag when he fired a shot off the publish when a aim was first made. The board in entrance of the Swiss hijacker’s aim.

Having already hit the crossbar, woodworking denied Switzerland a second time when Shqiri’s nook kick hit the England publish, Pickford rapidly made up for his momentary defeat with an excellent shock to disclaim Ricardo Rodriguez a follow-up effort.

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Luke Shaw scored the equalizer for England simply earlier than the tip of the primary half in opposition to Switzerland with a powerful kick.

Switzerland had been scratching their heads about how they weren’t in a extra dominant place on the break, not to mention stage, as Shaw’s highly effective left-footed transfer coated a disappointing and disjointed first-half efficiency.

Slip, accuracy and depth had been sorely wanted in England’s play after the break, and Gallagher’s very good cross fired Kane on aim as he prevented England captain Jonas O’Melin from giving his facet the lead.

Harry Kane celebrates after giving England the lead with a penalty
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Harry Kane celebrates after giving England the lead with a penalty

Southgate launched Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and new obligation Terek Mitchell to the clock. England continued to threaten the Swiss aim, with Kane donning O’Melin’s gloves and Ben White whistling, earlier than Stephen Zuber was penalized for handball after a VAR evaluation, and Kane was given the possibility to win with a penalty.

Kane after catching Charlton: I am in superb firm

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Harry Kane’s post-match response after England’s pleasant win over Switzerland at Wembley.

England captain Harry Kane: “You need to be prepared for any alternative at any second. Penalties are a good way to attain, I practice on it and work on it lots. It is superb to be working with them, very proud to try this however we’re trying ahead to the subsequent season. Large yr forward of extra.” Extra matches and extra targets. I will probably be prepared for Tuesday but it surely’s as much as the coach.”

Southgate admired England in each manner

England coach Gareth Southgate: “It was a extremely good check; we all know they’re an excellent crew and a giant problem for us. We realized lots about some new gamers and a few inexperienced gamers in a world shirt.

“Everybody at all times highlights Jordan Pickford, however within the first half you noticed the standard he had. He tailored to the ball at present; he made good selections and did not threat in foolish areas.

“We performed very well at centre-back, Ben White and Mark Guey had been superb. Ben was caught a bit for the aim however other than that coming in late with John Stones feeling one thing, he and Mark needs to be happy.

“We all know the Swiss are good tactically and we acquired stronger because the match went on. The divers had an affect and we felt it was proper to handle the match that manner. Declan Rice was wonderful and he made a big impact. Actually pleased to win the sport.”

Unbeatable England? – Opta . stats

  • England are undefeated in every of their final 21 matches in all competitions (W17 D4), the longest unbeaten streak ever in The Three Lions’ historical past.
  • England have misplaced solely one among their final 22 matches at Wembley (together with at residence/impartial), profitable 18 (D3) and haven’t conceded greater than as soon as in any of these matches.
  • Switzerland has by no means defeated England on English soil within the earlier 12 makes an attempt (D4 L8), failed 10 matches at Wembley (D4 L6), and one match at Highbury (L1) and King Energy Stadium (L1).

What then?

England host Ivory Coast for a world pleasant match on Tuesday at 7.45pm.