Chris Smalling was very strong defensively
The Manchester United man has had an excellent start to the season with his club, helping the Red Devils to three Premier League clean sheets from their opening four matches, and he has clearly stepped up a level across the board, proving to be a dominant man at the back against Switzerland. It was probably Smalling's best game for his country, as he helped England fend off the threat of the dangerous Xherdan Shaqiri.
Luke Shaw put in an excellent, energetic performance
Another United star who shone, aside from Smalling and the obvious headline grabber was left-back Luke Shaw. Like his fellow defender, the former Southampton man seems to have rediscovered both his fitness and form this season, and having just turned 20, expect to see him England's left back for a long time to come. Shaw bombed up and down the left flank, and picked out Harry Kane well for the opening goal.
Harry Kane looks like being a genuine international player
Any doubts about either Kane's ability to be an international goalscorer, or him suffering second season syndrome, were certainly banished against Switzerland. The visitors looked to be defending resolutely and good value for a goalless draw until the 22-year-old emerged from the bench. His confidence and quality saw him calmly fire home with his left foot, ensuring the Tottenham star has three goals in three qualifying matches. Now he just needs to get his club account up and running for the season.
Roy Hodgson should consider the possibility of two strikers up front
Kane's introduction to proceedings certainly gave England more attacking threat, freeing Wayne Rooney up into a more traditional number ten role and also adding more physical and aerial threat to the frontline. Hodgson certainly seems to like the idea of playing with quick wingers, but this can leave the central striker with too much to do by themselves. Utilising both the Spurs man and Rooney would see England have more going forward, but given both players willingness to track back and work hard for the team, wouldn't leave the side disadvantaged defensively. The England boss certainly knows at the very least that two central strikers up top is something he has up his sleeve if his usual system isn't working.
Wayne Rooney stole the show, and proved he won't be stopping anytime soon
The night belonged to one man though, as the Manchester United and England captain broke Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing goalscoring record with a powerfully dispatched penalty late on in. With 50 goals to his name, and not even 30-years-old, Rooney also made it clear that he has plenty more left in him, as the former Everton man looked lively with his movement throughout the game. He played off Kane once the Tottenham star arrived on the pitch, and Rooney seamlessly switched into this slightly different attacking role, suggesting he can feature in a variety of positions if he was to struggle to lead the line later in his career.