Late penalty gives England 2-1 win over Switzerland


Harry Kane converted a 78th-minute VAR penalty to give England a 2-1 victory over Switzerland in a generally flat Wembley friendly on Saturday, taking the striker alongside Bobby Charlton on 49 England goals and behind only Wayne Rooney (53).

Kane might not have to wait too long for a shot at his 50th goal as England have another Wembley friendly on Tuesday, against Ivory Coast, when Switzerland host Kosovo in Zurich.

Breel Embolo gave the visitors a deserved lead after 22 minutes, with Luke Shaw equalising just before halftime in a rare England foray. Kane’s goal made it 10 wins and three draws against the Swiss since a World Cup qualifying defeat in 1981.

Both teams will be in Qatar for this year’s tournament though and neither coach will have learned a great deal from Saturday’s game, which was largely short of intensity and goalmouth action.

England Manager Gareth Southgate gave debuts to Marc Guehi and Kyle Walker-Peters and a first start to Conor Gallagher, but it was otherwise a near full-strength starting side, while the Swiss, impressive qualifiers for Qatar ahead of Italy, were at virtual full strength.