England 2-1 Switzerland: Harry Kane and Luke Shaw seal the return of victory at Wembley | Soccer News


England began their preparations for the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley Stadium, which extended their unbeaten streak to a record 21 games.

Harry Kane’s clinical penalty (78) and fierce drive from Luke Shaw (45+1) saw England recover strongly from a disappointing first-half performance in which Breel Embolo led the visitors ahead (22) and Switzerland hit the woodwork twice.

England’s victory extended their unbeaten streak to a record 21 matches – the longest unbeaten streak in national team history – laying the perfect foundation as Gareth Southgate’s side look to go further in a major tournament at this year’s World Cup in Qatar. .

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Kyle Walker-Peters on his England debut against Switzerland

Fears that John Stones’ injury in the warm-up and late withdrawal would disrupt England came to fruition when Southgate’s inexperienced side, which included debutants Marc Guehi and Kyle Walker-Peters, cracked a side Swiss who smelled a very first victory at Wembley. could be on the cards.

Spirited Conor Gallagher saw a coiled effort heading into a clear quarter of an hour but it was Swiss dominance from there, with Embolo looking home for Xherdan Shaqiri’s perfect cross and receiving a questionable reprieve from VAR for offside to give the visitors the lead.

Breet Embolo celebrates after scoring for Switzerland at Wembley
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Breet Embolo celebrates after scoring for Switzerland at Wembley

England were indebted to Jordan Pickford for not dropping two goals when he brilliantly tipped Fabian Frei’s thunderous effort over the bar, before Walker-Peters’ blushes were spared the offside flag when he fired a shot at the post when a first goal was scored. a plate in front of Switzerland’s gaping goal.

Having already touched the bar, the Carpentry denied the Swiss for the second time when Shaqiri’s direct corner hit the base of the England post, and Pickford quickly atoned for his momentary lapse with a fine save to deny the follow-up effort from Ricardo Rodríguez.

Luke Shaw celebrates after equalizing for England against Switzerland
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Luke Shaw celebrates after equalizing for England against Switzerland

The Swiss will have wondered how they weren’t in a more dominant position at the break, let alone on an even footing, as Shaw’s left-footed strike masked a disappointing and disjointed first-half performance .

There was much-needed liveliness, precision and intensity in England’s play after the break, as Gallagher’s impressive looping pass freed Kane at goal where only a stifling save from Jonas Omlin prevented the England skipper from give the advantage to his team.

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

Southgate featured Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and debutant Tyrick Mitchell on time. England continued to threaten the Swiss goal, Kane heading for Omlin and Ben White whistling a shot, before Steven Zuber was penalized for the handball after a VAR review and Kane had the chance to seal the win from the point of penalty.

And after?

England host Ivory Coast in an international friendly on Tuesday at 7.45pm.




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