Harry Kane equaled Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 England goals as England recovered from behind to defeat Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley Stadium.
In the first half, England benefited from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s excellent play, but they still went behind when Breel Embolo’s header put Switzerland ahead after 22 minutes.
Gareth Southgate’s side were second best to the confident Swiss, but were gifted a way back into the game when Fabian Frei’s blunder resulted in Luke Shaw’s spectacular finish in first-half stoppage time.
England, who made debuts for Marc Guehi, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Tyrick Mitchell, completed the comeback with 12 minutes remaining when Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot after VAR determined Steven Zuber had handled a corner.
Kane struck with his usual finesse and is now only four goals behind England’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney.
England seems unconvincing, but they get the job done
England, predictably, struggled to find any sort of rhythm for lengthy stretches after manager Southgate offered his line-up an experimental outing for the first of two Wembley friendly this international break.
Only Pickford’s heroics kept Switzerland from creating a more definitive lead before Frei’s blunder gifted England an equalizer they hardly earned in the final minutes of the first half.
Walker-Peters did brilliantly to stretch and intercept Frei’s reckless clearing, allowing the outstanding Conor Gallagher to throw a pass that rolled into the path of Shaw, who made no mistake at the same end where he scored for England against Italy in the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley last summer.
England has made a habit of getting the job done even when they are not at their best under Southgate, and this was demonstrated once again as a better second-half performance finished with Kane’s winner.
Kane has been nearing his greatest form for Tottenham in recent weeks, and he struck with force and precision from the penalty spot to go closer to England’s record books.
He is now only four goals behind Rooney’s record of 53, and it is only a matter of time before he surpasses it. He now has 49 goals from 68 appearances, and it is only a matter of time before he surpasses it.
England struggled in the first 45 minutes, with Southgate’s intentions being thwarted only minutes before kick-off when John Stones was hurt during the warm-up. Ben White came on to replace him when Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross sailed over his head for Embolo to score.
Gallagher put up a strong showing, while Declan Rice’s absence from the starting line-up, followed by his appearance as a substitute, only served to highlight his importance to Southgate’s ambitions in this World Cup year.
Southgate will be ecstatic with another morale-boosting victory, and he will be able to try new things when England takes on Ivory Coast on Tuesday at Wembley.