Operating in support of Danny Welbeck at the sharp end of a 3-5-2 system, Rashford was England's liveliest player throughout, and looked their most likely source of a goal even before he netted for the fifth time in global football.
Striker Marcus Rashford scored a second-half victor as a young and much-changed England avoided an unprecedented fourth successive defeat by beating Switzerland 1-0 in an worldwide friendly on Tuesday.
Switzerland were the superior side before the break and Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri should have given them the lead early on but his effort rattled the post. But while there were some satisfactions - among them a first clean sheet in four games - England remain a work in progress.
Sterling missed England's games against Spain and Switzerland with a slight back injury, affording Rashford his starting chance.
"We could have been two or three nil down at half-time", said England full-back Danny Rose.
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England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that midfielder Dele Alli is expected to return from injury in time for Tottenham Hotspur's match against Liverpool after the global break, according to Sky Sports. "Our first-half performance was embarrassing, but it's great we can all shout at each other and tell each other to improve like we did".
"Even if some of those other top players who have broken into the team, some of the step-overs and things Ronaldo was doing at that age, but he wasn't converting them into the number of goals, so we have got to give him time to develop". They say players get paid so much money, they need to play every week and what are they moaning about.
Switzerland looked impressively assured on the ball, managing to find space in midfield in a manner that generally proved beyond England, and saw 65 percent of possession in the first half.
'We really wanted to make Marcus feel important over this period, ' added Southgate. It was going to be tough mentally to switch back from the World Cup to these games, physically for all the players, and with two tough games to play. I think Harry at that age had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs.
'If he didn't play today, he would have gone out and done some running on the pitch.