Gascoigne 'offered to play' against Switzerland - Southgate

England's Kyle Walker Marcus Rashford Trent Alexander Arnold and Harry Maguire look on as the prepare to take a free-kick Action Images via Reuters  Andrew Boyers

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With Dele Alli absent through injury and Jesse Lingard dropping to the bench, responsibility for giving shape to England's attacking ideas in midfield fell to Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City's Fabian Delph.

The excitement of the Three Lions' run to the World Cup semi-finals was a distant memory in a friendly match that allowed England to at least put behind them defeats to Croatia, Belgium and Spain. Over at Old Trafford, however, he has only managed three goals since March.

"It was a tall order to ask them to play against an excellent Switzerland side, they kept the ball well and we had to chase too much".

Southgate said: "I wasn't in there at that moment because we always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves".

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But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program. At 11pm Tuesday local time, the storm was centred 1,075km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 28kph.

"I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability".

Much of the talk in the aftermath of England's loss to Spain last Saturday focused on the lack of a world-class creative midfielder in the hosts' ranks, with Southgate opining afterwards that England have not produced such a player since Paul Gascoigne, who happened to be in attendance at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

"They understand it is hard to pick players if we are seven, eight weeks into the season and they are not playing".

To make a tough job even harder for the 18-year-old, this summer he saw Guardiola spend a club record £60m on Riyad Mahrez.

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A surprisingly strong Nigeria squad found themselves 2-0 up at half-time with Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scoring the goals.

"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".

'I still have to be fit, strong, train well and play well.

The game was also a reminder of just how unbearable the England band are.

"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".

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The forecasters also expect that there will be a 90 percent chance of tropical storm force winds for parts of the storm. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

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