Last year fourth, this year third. England’s Nations League campaign ended in success, of sorts, with bronze medals for the players after they beat Switzerland on penalties. Which is one step better than they did against Belgium in Russia last year. The first medals of the Gareth Southgate era have been secured.
There was a special enjoyment too, from the fact that this game was won by a gleeful penalty shoot-out, 11 perfect kicks before Jordan Pickfordsaved from Josip Drmic to win the game. Pickford had already taken a penalty himself, thumping it past Yann Sommer, the fifth of England’s five. It was that sort of afternoon.