England determined to keep playing out from the back - Jack Butland
England goalkeeper Jack Butland pledged to keep playing the ball out from the back despite some hairy moments during his side's 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland in Leicester.
Butland, who was deputising for usual No. 1 Jordan Pickford, was culpable for two errors that almost proved costly early in the first half at the King Power Stadium.
The Stoke goalkeeper nearly swept the ball into his own net as he tried to pick out a teammate stationed close to the byline on the England left and then played James Tarkowski into trouble, enabling Xherdan Shaqiri to steal in and fire a shot against the post.
Nonetheless, England manager Gareth Southgate is determined for his players to build play up from the back and Butland said that in spite of his apparent discomfort when in possession, he had no qualms about keeping the ball on the deck.
"It was scruffy at times, but we kept doing it, kept plugging away and ultimately we played from end to end a fair few times tonight and got ourselves some chances and some good possession as a result of it," Butland told reporters.
"It's something that we believe in. We believe we've got the players to do it so we're not just going to turn away from it if we don't feel like it's right.
"Yes, we still need to make the right decisions -- there are times when you can overplay and times when the ball needs to go longer and a bit safer -- but it's about making those decisions and I thought we did that as a whole pretty well tonight."
England midfielder Jordan Henderson added that abandoning the tactic of playing out from the back would be tantamount to giving up on the progress that the team have made since Southgate became manager on a permanent basis in November 2016.
"A lot of us do it for our clubs anyway, so coming here should be natural to us," said the Liverpool midfielder, who was a second-half substitute against the Swiss.
"Maybe certain things are different, but overall, I think a lot of us like to play the same way. I feel as though we're still not there yet. We've got a lot to improve on, but at the same time, we've come a long way from where we started."
World Cup semifinalists England bounced back from losing 2-1 to Spain in their opening Nations League fixture courtesy of a 54th-minute goal from Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who converted a deep cross from Kyle Walker with a back-post volley.
The result brought an end to a run of three successive defeats, which was England's longest such sequence since 1988.