Conor Coady was in action last night for England in their first of two friendly matches this international break.
The Wolves captain took up his position starting in the middle of a back three, as he does for his club, in between March Guehi and Ben White.
Coady was playing for the eighth time for his country, and was the most experienced of the three defenders last night.
He had actually been due to feature with John Stones alongside him. But the Manchester City ace picked up an injury in the warm-up, resulting in White’s conclusion.
It was actually probably Coady’s sternest test in England colours so far to date.
Switzerland actually went ahead in the game, with Breel Embolo scoring a header on 22 minutes.
The cross from Xherdan Shaqiri was really enticing, and Embolo managed to find space between White and Kyle Walker-Peters. No blame could be attached to Coady for that.
The visitors looked quite dangerous after going ahead, but Luke Shaw drilled the hosts level just before half-time.
In the second-half, Harry Kane put England in front via the penalty spot.
It was a narrow 2-1 win in the end, but Gareth Southgate will have been pleased to win having given a chance to several players on the fringes.
Coady’s performance was decent on the whole for the Three Lions.
Sky Sports gave Coady a 7/10 for his display, praising his leadership and distribution with the ball. They said he grew into the game after moments of uncertainty. The London Evening Standard also gave him a 7, saying he ‘commanded the defence’ and was ‘imposing’.
A decent performance from Wolves star Coady for England against good opposition
There were a few people of social media last night being slightly critical of Coady during the game.
But his performance was fine at Wembley.
Yes he had one or two moments of uncertainty but on the whole he did a good job against a nation ranked 14th in the world.
He isn’t about to become a regular under Southgate. But he came in and did a job, and it’s more than likely he’ll be going to Qatar.