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The Three Lions boss takes a call during training on Sunday morning

Gareth Southgate has revealed that Dele Alli missed England's match with Switzerland on Tuesday after a muscle strain suffered during Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Spain in the Uefa Nations League.

"We could have been two or three-nil down at half-time", Danny Rose, the left back who was one of the few players to impress, said. "We had a real jigsaw of minutes to piece together, when to put people on or take them off, and we've got them through the game".

The visitors continued to see more of the ball and their control over the game increased as the first half wore on, but England did come close to an opener in the 16th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold's free kick was glanced narrowly wide of the target by a stooping Eric Dier.

Southgate, however, did say Alli would be fit enough to play a part in Tottenham Hotspur's vital game with Liverpool FC at the weekend.

If the match confirmed what Southgate knows about Rashford, it also showed the England manager that there is clear daylight in the pecking order between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.

"Normally we have not got opposing objectives and the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our teams go out". "So numerous lads were playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he said.




"He's got two goals this week, some of his performances with us have been really good but to finish with two really good finishes is very important for him".

"We had a tactical problem to sort out and so many lads playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he added of the first-half display.

"We expect and encourage it because they're intelligent footballers and it's important they have a view".

The victory ended a run of three successive defeats before next month's Nations League ties in Croatia and Spain.

"We know the performance could have been better". "I think for the teams that went towards the end of the World Cup it's a really hard period because so many players have missed pre-season and you're not really sure what physical condition they're in".

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