If the match confirmed what Southgate knows about Rashford, it also showed the England manager that there is clear daylight in the pecking order between Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
England full-back Danny Rose has admitted that his side's first-half performance during this evening's worldwide friendly with Switzerland was "embarrassing".
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.
He almost scuffed a pass into his own goal when trying to find Harry Maguire, and then played James Tarkowski into trouble, presenting Xherdan Shaqiri with an opportunity that he spurned. And this resulted in many players taking home the prized cap, while how deserving they were of then being branded an "England international" has been open to great debate.
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Sin embargo, al 54' 'El Tigre' fue asistido por Bacca , y dentro del área no perdonó, enganchó con zurda y pateó con derecha. Pero luego, el DT les dio minutos a otros tres nuevos: Jorman Campuzano , Sebastián Villa y Alfredo Morelos .
England struggled to get Loftus-Cheek on the ball in risky positions in the first half and when they did, he was unable to do much with it, often showing an inability to turn when presented with the ball with his back to goal.
Rashford has failed to do that too often at Old Trafford.
After the latest in a long succession of major tournament disappointments, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic is attempting to give his side a makeover.
And he's named an England team with plenty of promise for the friendly fixture against a Switzerland side led by Vladimir Petkovic.
"They were frustrated the first half". The slickness of their passing did not translate into goal chances, but after their rout of Iceland, the spring in their step augurs well for next month's testing trip to Belgium in the Nations League.