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Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Football Association Nationwide Friendly Match

England 2 Switzerland 1 [1-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 86,857;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT;
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

England - Jermaine Jenas (six-yard tap-in 40 39:50), Shaun Wright-Phillips (six-yard tap-in 62 61:00)
Switzerland - Eren Derdiyok (seventeen-yard shot 58 57:37).
Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

Switzerland kicked-off. 95 minutes (47 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Germany




Referee (charcoal and yellow) - Dr. Felix Brych
32 (3 August 1975), München
, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Jan-Hendrik Salver, 38 (1 March 1969) and Kai Voss, 33 (2 May 1974).

Fourth official - Martin Atkinson, 36 (31 March 1971), Bradford, England.

Black armbands worn and a minute's silence in respect of the Manchester United players who died in the Munich Air disaster on 6 February 1958, exactly fifty years ago today.

17 Goal Attempts 7
7 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 4
3 Offside Calls Against 1
9 Fouls Conceded 15
54.3% Possession 45.7%

England Team



FIFA (16th January 2008) 12th
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The 2008 away uniform - Red shirts with navy/white shoulder trim/white trimmed collar, white shorts with red pinstripe, red socks with navy trim/white Umbro diamonds.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 7th captaincy. Coach: Fabio Capello, 62, appointed 14 December 2007, took post 7 January 2008, 
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 2 - A 1.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 37 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 36 32 GA
2 Brown, Wesley M. 28 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 15 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 73rd min. 27 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 62 0
4 Barry, Gareth, off 73rd min. 26 23 February 1981 DM Aston Villa FC 17 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 65 1
6 Upson, Matthew J. 28 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 8 0
7 Bentley, David M. 23 27 August 1984 M Blackburn Rovers FC 3 0
8 Jenas, Jermaine A., off 57th min. 24 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 1
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 87th min. 22 24 October 1985 CF

Manchester United FC

41 14
10 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 64 12
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 57th min. 26 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 48 7
England Substitutes
17 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 57th min. for Jenas 26 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 19 4
21 Crouch, Peter J., on 57th min. for J. Cole 27 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

25 14
16 Bridge, Wayne M., on 73rd min. for A. Cole 27 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 28 1
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 73rd min. for Barry 27 20 January 1981 M

Manchester United FC

40 0
19 Young, Ashley S., on 87th min. for Rooney 22 9 July 1985 F Aston Villa FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Scott Carson, 13-Micah Richards, 14-Joleon Lescott, 15-Jonathan Woodgate, 20-Michael Owen, 22- Jermain Defoe, 23-Chris Kirkland.
4-1-4-1 James -
Brown, Ferdinand, Upson,
A.Cole (Bridge) -
(Hargreaves) -
Bentley, Jenas
(Wright-Phillips), Gerrard, J.Cole (Crouch) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 34.3 3.3


Switzerland Team



FIFA (16th January 2008) 44th
ELO rating 20th
Colours: Made by Puma - White shirts with red collar/side trim, red shorts, white socks with red vertical trim;
Capt: Philippe Senderos Coach: Jakob Kuhn, 64 (12 October 1963), appointed June 2001.
Switzerland Lineup
12 Benaglio, Diego O. 24 8 September 1983 G VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 9 0
29 Lichtsteiner, Stephan, off 46th min. 24 16 January 1984 RB Lille Olympique SC, France 6 0
34 Eggimann, Mario 27 24 January 1981 CD KSC Mühlburg-Phönix eV, Germany 4 0
4 Senderos, Philippe S., off 57th min. 22 14 February 1985 CD Arsenal FC, England 24 3
17 Spycher, Christoph 29 30 March 1978 LB Eintracht Frankfurt eV, Germany 34 0
33 Fernandes, Gelson T., off 84th min. 21 2 September 1986 M Manchester City FC, England 5 0
27 İnler, Gökhan 23 27 June 1984 M Udinese Calcio SpA, Italy 14 1
16 Barnetta, Tranquillo 22 22 May 1985 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV, Germany 31 6
22 Yakin, Hakan, off 63rd min. 30 22 February 1977 M BSC Young Boys 62 15
10 Gygax, Daniel, off 46th min. 23 3 March 1984 M FC de Metz, France 31 5
31 Nkufo, Blaise I., off 46th min. 32 25 May 1975 CF FC Twente 1965, Netherlands 14 2
Switzerland Substitutes
38 Derdiyok, Eren, on 46th min. for Nkufo 19 12 June 1988 F FC Basel 1893 1 1
19 Behrami, Valon, on 46th min. for Lichsteiner 22 19 April 1985 D SS Lazio SpA, Italy 13 1
28 Vonlanthen Benavídez, Johan, on 46th min. for Gygax 21 1 February 1986 F FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria 27 5
13 Grichting, Stéphane, on 57th min. for Senderos 28 30 March 1979 D AJ Auxerroise, France 13 0
5 Margairaz, Xavier, on 63rd min. for Yakin 24 17 January 1984 M CA Osasuna, Spain 16 1
24 Huggel, Benjamin, on 84th min. for Fernandes 30 7 July 1977 M FC Basel 1893 23 0

unused substitutes:

1-Pascal Zuberbuhler, 21-Fabio Coltorti, 30-Reto Ziegler.


Benaglio -
(Behrami), Eggimann, Senderos (Grichting), Spycher -
(Vonlanthen), Fernandes (Huggel),
İnler, Barnetta -
(Margairaz) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 21.3 2.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Over 86,000 people came to Wembley for this game hoping to see a new exciting England era begin under new manager Fabio Capello.  They left reasonably happy with the win but still had lots of questions to ask.

It was a nervous start by Capello's new charges and the confidence, after the shattering defeat by Croatia three months ago, was obviously at a low ebb.  Capello is looking to play a crisp passing game but too often players gave the ball away early on, something that made the new manager leap from the bench to remonstrate with his team.  It took a while for the players to settle to the new system, with one man up front, but gradually things improved.  The nearest England came to a goal was in the 10th minute when Joe Cole found Wayne Rooney with a good pass only for Rooney's shot to rebound off Diego Benaglio as the goalkeeper came out.

At the other end it was the Swiss who created the clearest chance in the 27th minute when the clever Hakan Yakin delivered a lovely free-kick into England's penalty area for Philippe Sendoros to head on.  In came Mario Eggimann, and the defender should have scored with his header instead of putting the ball wide of David James's goal.  Just as the crowd were beginning to grow restless with England's shaky performance the home players conjured up a goal out of nothing.  A fine pass to Joe Cole from Steven Gerrard started the move, in the 40th minute.  Cole then beat his marker Steven Lichsteiner before cutting back a low pass for Jermaine Jenas to stroke home his first goal for England.

The goal settled England and they were also gradually coming to grips with Capello's demands.  The passing improved and some of the players began to shine.  David Bentley showed some skilful touches on the wing, Joe Cole was always lively and both Gareth Barry and Jenas justified their selection.

After the break England continued their improvement although there was an irritating moment on 58 minutes.  Funnily enough it came just a minute after Shaun Wright-Phillips and Peter Crouch had come on as substitutes for Jenas and Joe Cole, so whether it upset England's concentration or not was something Capello will have noted.  As it was Switzerland scored a very nicely taken equaliser, it has to be said, against the run of play.  A superb angled pass from Tranquillo Barnetta caught out Rio Ferdinand and another substitute, the debutant Eren Derdiyok, got in behind the defender to shoot confidently past David James.

Four minutes later though England regained their deserved lead when Crouch won a ball in the air, Rooney flicked it on to Gerrard and the Liverpool midfield star put a perfect ball across the box for Wright-Phillips to score from close range.  The goal was no more than England deserved and for the remainder of the game they stayed in control and gave little away.  Bentley took advantage of his chance by catching the manager's eye with an impressive display of ball skills and passing.  One particularly fine pass gave Crouch a chance, although he missed with his volley.

Overall it was a good start for the manager, obviously he has plenty of work to do but you can do no more than start with a win.

Source Notes

Trivia - Eren Derdiyok is the second opposition player to score on his debut this season, following Christian Pander's strike for Germany in August.

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