Kane knits England attackHe may have been left out against Holland over concerns about his freshness but England captain Harry Kane was pin-sharp on his return to the starting XI. The Tottenham centre-forward showed his importance to the team’s build-up play, repeatedly dropping deep to receive the ball and spread it wide. One such move led to a low Alexander-Arnold cross that Sterling would have surely scored with had he made any contact, while Kane showed nimble footwork to feed Sterling for an earlier chance that his strike partner could only side-foot at Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Kane was unlucky not to score himself when Sommer tipped his brilliant, disguised chip onto the bar in the second minute and perhaps should have done better than head wide when picked out by Alexander-Arnold early in the second half.
Trent puts Walker in shadeMost of England’s incisive play came down the right flank and that was down to the outstanding Alexander-Arnold. Aside from his low cross that Sterling missed and the delivery that Harry Kane nodded the wrong side of the far post, the Liverpool full-back also whipped in two dangerous high balls for Dele Alli, one of which forced a smart save from Sommer.
On top of an exemplary campaign with Liverpool which culminated in Champions League glory, and with renewed doubts about Kyle Walker’s form, the 20-year-old is making it difficult for Southgate to leave him out.