England manager set to ring changes against Switzerland

Gareth Southgate looking to give squad players game time for clash at King Power Stadium

England manager set to ring changes against Switzerland

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September 10th, 2018

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England were narrowly beaten by Spain on Saturday, with the Three Lions now looking to bounce back against Switzerland on Tuesday night.

The team fielded at the King Power is going to have an unfamiliar look about it, with Gareth Southgate admitting that he will make several changes to his starting line-up after the Wembley defeat.

“We have to give the other players a start,” the manager said. “It’s important for their development and, physically, there are a lot of players who haven’t had a game of football yet this season. They need – having come away for 10 days – football. So, I think, on this occasion, that’s the approach we have to take.

“We have to look at everything,” Southgate said. “I knew this period would be an exceptional challenge and will tell us a lot about exactly where we stand, but I think that’s good for us.

“We have two of the world’s best teams in our group. We have to go through those experiences, otherwise we would go into a finals tournament in two years’ time and, if we were just playing qualifiers now against lower standard opposition, we might have a perception of where we are, which would be false. I think after the next few months we will be very clear.”

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