"We were trying to correct one or two things but also challenge them a bit, it was an important night for us to finish well and we knew it would be hard because of the changes and amount of game time, but I'm really pleased because the players have given everything this week".
England's players did not hold back from criticising each other at halftime following a bad start to Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland and defender Danny Rose believes the exchange helped them improve and seal a 1-0 victory.
"They were frustrated the first half".
"We hope that the awareness this fixture raises will encourage everyone involved in football, from the top of the professional game to the smallest grassroots club, to take Kick It Out's message and put it at the centre of their work". But it's a good sign there's some leadership in the group.
England, who made nine changes to the starting line-up for the clash, allowed Switzerland to control the match in the first period but returned much sharper to secure the win through forward Marcus Rashford's 54th minute strike.
It wasn't until the five minutes of stoppage time that Switzerland looked like getting an equaliser, and even then the finishing was wayward as both Albian Ajeti and Edimilson Fernandes sent shots high and wide of the target when they should have done better. We think he's a fantastic talent with a great mentality.
"I'm really pleased for him".
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".
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