Danny Rose reveals angry halftime exchange between England players

Harry Maguire

After an exciting summer of World Cup action and a creditable narrow defeat to Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League game over the weekend, "dull worldwide friendly" service resumed for Gareth Southgate's England as they took on Switzerland at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Maguire added: "There were a few words spoken between the boys at half time, the pressing was bits and bobs, the gaffer had a stern word with us". They say players get paid so much money, they need to play every week and what are they moaning about.

"I was at Manchester City against Huddersfield and you think: 'Well, OK, it is a game where Foden will play.' 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 match minutes".

'His confidence will be boosted I'm sure, with two goals against top-quality opposition'. A combination of the two meant we got a good response in the second half.

"We want to have an environment that's demanding because that's the only way we can keep raising the standards".

He now returns to Old Trafford to begin a three-game suspension for a red card picked up 10 minutes after going on as a sub in their win at Burnley in the last game before this worldwide break. They dug in through that tough period and we were able to make some tactical changes at half-time and put some physically sharper players on.

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Switzerland looked impressively assured on the ball, managing to find space in midfield in a manner that generally proved beyond England, and saw 65 percent of possession in the first half. But it was quite calm by the time we got in there.

"He's going to be going back into matches at his club", said Southgate. "All of us, we weren't happy with the performance at halftime".

Daily Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher made the point that Rashford has the most hard of tasks at United - a young player coming through as a striker at a big club. It was definitely a lot of room for improvement but also for so many their first start of the season and really important for them.

"If he hadn't come on, he'd have done some running on the pitch after the match".

With the youngster set for a spell on the sidelines at club level, Southgate was keen to give him a big role for England.

Some feel the 20-year-old, who has struggled into the starting XI at Old Trafford, is starting to show a different side to his game, and Southgate has now hailed his development.

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