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946 vs. Switzerland
 Monday, 8 September 2014
2016 UEFA European Championship Group E qualification match

 Switzerland 0 England 2 [0-0]

Sankt-Jakob Park, Sankt Jakob, Basel
Kick-off (CEST): 8.46pm 7.46pm BST
Attendance: 35,500;

95 minutes 45:02 & 50:03  England kicked-off
[0-1] Haris Seferović volley hits crossbar: offside 76 [0-1] Danny Welbeck 58 57:51
right-shinned from 7 yards low to right of goal following a Raheem Sterling cross
[0-2] Danny Welbeck 90+4 93:48
right side-footed placed shot from 13 yards following a Rickie Lambert thro-ball
  Fabian Delph 9 8:38
Rickie Lambert
90+1 90:24
  Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend 

Match Summary

Officials from Turkey

Switzerland Squad


England Squad
Referee (dark blue) - Cüneyt Çakιr
37 (23 November 1976), İstanbul, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Bahattin Duran, 38 (26 September 1975) and Tarik Ongun, 41 (3 February 1973).
Fourth official - Mustafa Emre Eyisoy
, 33 (22 November 1980).

Additional Assistant Referees - Hüseyin Göçek, 37 (30 November 1976), İstanbul, FIFA-listed 2008, and Baris Simsek, 36 (9 April 1976).
UEFA Delegate - Kazimierz Oleszek, Poland
UEFA Referee Observer - Alain Hamer, Luxembourg

8 Goal Attempts 11
3 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 6
2 Offside Calls Against 1
11 Fouls Conceded 7
54% Possession 46%

Switzerland Team



FIFA (14 August 2014) 9th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 18th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew neck jerseys with white side pinstripe/cuffs, red shorts with white sidestripe/hem, red socks with white vertical stripe.
Capt: Gökhan İnler Manager: Vladimir Petković, 51 (15 August 1963 in Yugoslavia), appointed 13 July 2014
1st match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 2.
Switzerland Lineup
1 Sommer, Yann 25
265 days
17 December 1988 G Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 7 0
2 Lichtsteiner, Stephan 30
235 days
16 January 1984 RB Juventus FC, Italy 68 5
20 Djourou-Gbadjere, D.I. Johannes 27
233 days
18 January 1987
in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
CD Hamburger SV, Germany 49 1
5 von Bergen, Steve 31
90 days
10 June 1983 CD Berner Sport Club Young Boys 1898 44 0
13 Rodríguez Araya, Ricardo I. 22
14 days
25 August 1992 LB VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 26 0
11 Behrami, Valon 29
142 days
19 April 1985
in Mitrovića, Yugoslavia
RM Hamburger SV, Germany 53 2
8 İnler, Gökhan 30
73 days
27 June 1984 CM SSC Napoli, Italy 78 6
10 Xhaka, Granit 21
346 days
27 September 1992 LM Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 31 5
23 Shaqiri, Xherdan 22
333 days
10 October 1991
in Gjilan, Yugoslavia
RF FC Bayern München, Germany 38 12
9 Seferović, Haris 22
198 days
22 February 1992 CF Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany 16 2
18 Mehmedi, Admir, off 64th min. 23
176 days
16 March 1991
in Gostivar, Yugoslavia
LF SC Freiburg, Germany 26 2
Switzerland Substitutes
scoreline: Switzerland 0 England 1
19 Drmić, Josip, on 64th min. (63:03) for Mehmedi 22
31 days
8 August 1992 LF Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 12 3
15 Džemaili, Blerim, on 74th min (73:25) for Xhaka 28
149 days
12 April 1986
in Tetova, Yugoslavia
LM SSC Napoli, Italy 38 2
result: Switzerland 0 England 2
unused substitutes: 3-Loris Benito, 4-Phillippe Senderos, 6-Silvan Widmer, 7-Fabian Frei, 12-Marwin Hitz, 14-Valentin Stocker, 16-Gelson Fernandes, 17-Pajtim Kasami, 21-Roman Bürki, 22-Fabian Schär.
4-3-3 Sommer -
Lichtsteiner, Djourou, von Bergen, Rodríguez -
Behrami, İnler, Xhaka
(Džemaili) -
Shaqiri, Seferović, Mehmedi
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 60 days Appearances/Goals 39.6 3.2


England Team



FIFA (14 August 2014) 20th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 13th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
(fourth (22) captaincy (3)).
Gary Cahill 90th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
33rd match, W 17 - D 11 - L 5 - F 61 - A 27.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27
142 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 45 33ᵍᵃ
2 Stones, John 20
103 days
28 May 1994 RB Everton FC 4 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29
271 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 28 1
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24
83 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 15 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28
263 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 29 3
6 Jones, Philip A., injured off 77th min. 22
199 days
21 February 1992 CD Manchester United FC 13 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 73rd min. 22
250 days
1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 22 0
Delph, Fabian 24
291 days
21 November 1989 RM Aston Villa FC 2 0
Delph cautioned in the 9th min., after he slid into Lichtsteiner on the touchline, two minutes after fouling Behrami.
Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 23
286 days
26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 28 10
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 90th min. 28
319 days
24 October 1985 RF Manchester United FC 97 40
Sterling, Raheem S. 19
274 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
AM Liverpool FC 9 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Switzerland 0 England 1
16 Milner, James P., on 73rd min. (72:25) for Wilshere 28
247 days
4 January 1986 DM Manchester City FC 50 28 1
the 56th player to reach this milestone
14 Jagielka, Philip N., on 77th min. (76:54) for Jones 32
22 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 30 24 2
the 106th player to reach the 30-app milestone
Lambert, Rickie L., on 90th min (89:49) for Rooney 32
204 days
16 February 1982 RF Liverpool FC 9 3 3
Lambert cautioned in the 90th min. for timewasting on the ball. 6
result: Switzerland 0 England 2
unused substitutes: 12-Danny Rose, 13-Fraser Forster, 15-Calum Chambers, 17-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18-Andros Townsend.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).


England have now gone twenty qualification matches unbeaten (W13 D7).
First competitive away win since March 2013.
Roy Hodgson was manager of the Switzerland national team from January 1992 until November 1995. In fact his final match in charge of the Swiss was against England.
4-4(1-2-1)-2 Hart -
Stones, Cahill, Jones
(Jagielka), Baines -
(Milner) -
Delph, Henderson -
Rooney (Lambert), Welbeck.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 293 days Appearances/Goals 24.1 4.8
least experienced starting XI in 2014-15


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After the disappointing performance against Norway, England were looking to bounce back to form with the first match in their European Championship Group, away in Switzerland.  It was to be a difficult task, as the Swiss are a good home side, but, at last, England produced something like the form that the young players in the team are capable of.  It was to prove a happy night.

Manager Roy Hodgson sprang a surprise by including Fabian Delph in the starting line-up having been impressed by his energy as a substitute against Norway.  And in fact it was the Aston Villa player who featured in the first major incident.  The referee had to have a stern warning with the youngster after a wild challenge.  Sadly Delph didn't heed the warning and was booked a couple of minutes later for another reckless challenge.  Not a good start, but to the player's credit, he then settled down and contributed well to the rest of the game.  From the free-kick given away, Joe Hart made a good catch and then produced the pass of the night with a kick out of his hands that sent Raheem Sterling sprinting down the left-wing.  Sterling's cross was blocked but the ball ran to Jack Wilshere and his fine deep cross found Wayne Rooney, with a volley a real possibility.  Unfortunately the skipper took an extra touch and the chance was lost.

By the 12th minute England were looking pacey and determined and one excellent combination between the lively Danny Welbeck and Rooney, teed up Sterling again, but his shot went weakly wide of a post.  By this time you certainly sensed that England were growing in confidence, and the whole side looked comfortable, with Switzerland looking mystified by England's positive approach.

The first clear chance came on 15 minutes when Sterling picked the ball up in space through the middle and ran at the back-peddling defence.  With Welbeck to the right and Rooney to his left Sterling had options, he chose Rooney but the pass was poor and bobbled as Rooney got his shot away.  Yann Sommer made an easy save, but it was a good sign.  Rooney already looked as though he was much more his old self and the skipper was full of running and energy.

Two minutes later though, a mistake by Leighton Baines almost led to a Swiss strike at goal.  Baines lost possession on the halfway line and two quick passes gave Haris Seferovic a chance to run at goal.  There was a coming together between the number nine and Phil Jones as the England player tried to defend and both players went down to screams for a penalty from the crowd, but that would have been very harsh on Jones.  Just afterwards Baines made up for his lapse with a vital interception which stopped another Swiss attack.

On 27 minutes Baines was involved again as he and Welbeck combined well down the left.  The full-back's cross was met too full on by Rooney and his header went wide when a glancing effort might have produced more, but it was a good attack and more evidence of the growing England confidence.  Two minutes later and England's best chance so far, as a brilliant interception and run by Welbeck saw him scampering down the right before trying to set up the onrushing Sterling.  Alas the final pass was again not quite right and the ball flew wide, much to the disgust of Sterling and Rooney, who was at the far post waiting for a tap-in.

Switzerland then had a clear chance on 32 minutes when a corner was only half cleared and Stephan Lichtsteiner had a free shot at goal from 20 yards.  Luckily for England the ball flew over the bar.  A minute later and the home side had their best chance so far.  Jones gave away possession with a poor pass and Xherdan Shaqiri's quick touch sent Seferovic in.  Hart was down brilliantly though, spread himself well and blocked the shot with his outstretched leg.  After that incident England came back strongly with Baines and Rooney prominent, and then Baines and Delph gave the ball to Rooney who cut inside and hit a good shot which Sommer somehow scooped away.  From the resultant corner by Rooney, Jones came charging in to meet the ball with a fine downwards header.  It looked a goal until Sommer produced a fine diving save to thwart the Manchester United defender.  Shortly afterwards the half-time whistle blew and the only worry for Hodgson was in the number of chances England had missed.

Early on, after the restart, Wilshere ventured forward to hit a deflected shot wide and then Jordan Henderson played a lovely one, two with Sterling, but the latter shot wide.  That was another clear chance and these misses were mounting up.  Sterling's miskick almost brought an own goal as the ball deflected off Shaqiri's shins for a corner.  At the other end Gary Cahill was in fine form and England were generally comfortable in defence.  But that doesn't mean that Switzerland did not create chances and from one lay-off by Granit Xhaka, Seferovic fired in a volley which Hart did really well to tip over.  The goalkeeper had been really sharp throughout, and that was another excellent moment for him.  At this point Switzerland were showing signs of increasing momentum, but England came up with the perfect answer to that.

Welbeck forced an error and the ball dropped to Rooney on the halfway line.  Welbeck, Rooney and Sterling burst forward at top speed and Rooney fed the ball for Sterling to run onto down the left-wing.  A first time low cross to the far post and there was Welbeck to, at last, convert an England chance.  It went in off his shin but no-one really cared as the ball nestled in the back of the Swiss net.  The look of joy on the faces of the England players said it all.

That visibly knocked the stuffing out of the home side and there was only one further scare for England.  On 70 minutes substitute Josip Drmic was clean through.  He rounded Hart and a goal seemed certain, but from nowhere Cahill made a brilliant clearance away for a corner.  There was a hint of handball from the Chelsea man, but justice was done because replays clearly showed that Drmic was offside anyway.  To be honest, it's about time England had a bit of good luck for a change!

Hodgson decided to send on James Milner for Wilshere, just to try and shore up the middle, and shortly afterwards Phil Jagielka came on for Jones who had taken a knock.  There was a danger that England would sit back too far at this stage but Switzerland had started to run out of ideas, so it was actually quite a comfortable last ten minutes for England.  On 81 minutes a great break saw Henderson gallop down the right and his cross was pawed out by the keeper, but only to Delph just inside the box.  As he tried to adjust his feet for a shot, a lunge by defender Johan Djourou took him and the ball out.  Penalties have been given for far less than that challenge, that is for sure.  Other chances came and went at both ends, with Hart saving well from a deflected shot and Sterling shooting over from another good burst.  The final substitution saw Lambert sent on for Rooney and in the fourth minute of added time the Liverpool striker made his mark.  England cleared a corner and Sterling gained possession and ran at speed towards the Swiss goal.  He found Lambert and the big man cleverly held possession before laying the ball off to Welbeck.  This time the new Arsenal striker stayed cool, took aim, and buried the ball beyond Sommer!!

This was a fine start to England's Euro campaign, it wasn't perfect by any means, but there were so many positives and lots of fine individual performances.  The players looked really determined for each other and for once, and this was great to see, the England lads looked as though they really enjoyed the match, and there were more smiles after this game than there has been for a very long time.  A terrific win and an excellent performance, which now sets up the group table nicely as we move on.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
ASF/SFV website
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor