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995 vs. Switzerland
  Tuesday, 11 September 2018
A Kick It Out International Friendly match

England 1 Switzerland 0 [0-0]

The King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Freeman's Wharf, Leicester, Leicestershire
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 30,256

Danny Welbeck kicked-off 95 minutes 45:02 & 50:01
[1-0] Marcus Rashford 54 53:32
 right-footed sidefoot from 6-yards from Kyle Walker's cross
  Stephan Lichtsteiner 27 26:10
Jordan Henderson 88 87:53  
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville

Match Summary

Officials from France England Squad


Switzerland Squad
Referee (black)
Clément Turpin
 36 (16 May 1982), Oullins, FIFA-listed 2010.
12 Goal Attempts 10
5 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Nicolas Danos
37 (27 September 1980)
Cyril Gringore
45 (2 October 1972).
3 Corner Kicks Won 7
Fourth official
Jérôme Brisard
32 (24 March 1986), FIFA-listed 2018/.
2 Offside Calls Against 5
13 Fouls Conceded 14
48.1% Possession 51.9%

England Team



FIFA (16 August 2018) 6th
EFO ranking Group One
ELO rating 12th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, dark blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Eric Dier
fifth match, W 1 - D 3 - L 1 - F 2 - A 2.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
27th match, W 14 - D 7 - L 6 - F 41 - A 21.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack 25
185 days
10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 9 4ᵍᵃ
first player from second tier since Zaha (Nov 2012). final app 2012-18
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 78th min. 19
339 days
7 October 1998 RWB Liverpool FC 3 0
3 Rose, Daniel L., off 79th min. 28
71 days
2 July 1990 LWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 0
Walker, Kyle A. 28
106 days
28 May 1990 LD Manchester City FC 41 0
5 Tarkowski, James A., off 61st min. 25
296 days
19 November 1992 CD Burnley FC 2 0
final app 2018
6 Maguire, J. Harry 25
190 days
5 March 1993 RD Leicester City FC 14 1
7 Loftus-Cheek, Ruben I., off 61st min. 22
231 days
23 January 1996 RM Chelsea FC 9 0
8 Dier, Eric J.E. 24
239 days
15 January 1994 DM Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 3
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 61st min. 27
289 days
26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 42 16
final app 2011-18
Rashford, Marcus 20
315 days
31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC 27 5
11 Delph, Fabian, off 68th min. 28
294 days
21 November 1989 LM Manchester City FC 16 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 0
18 Lingard, Jesse E., on 61st min. (60:16) for Loftus-Cheek 25
270 days
15 December 1992 LM Manchester United FC 20 12 2
the 182nd player to reach the 20-app milestone  
15 Stones, John, on 61st min. for (60:45) Tarkowski 24
106 days
28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 35 30 2
19 Kane, Harry E., on 61st min. (60:49) for Welbeck 25
45 days
28 July 1993 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 26 19
17 Henderson, Jordan B., on 68th min. (67:50) for Delph 28
86 days
17 June 1990 RM
Liverpool FC
35 1
 88th min. for pulling back Fernandes as the team were breaking away.   
12 Trippier, Kieran J., on 78th min. (77:36) for Alexander-Arnold 27
357 days
19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 13 1
1235 14 Chilwell, Benjamin J., on 79th min. (78:03) for Rose 21
264 days
21 December 1996 LWB Leicester City FC 1 0
the 20th Leicester player to represent England
result: England 1 Switzerland 0
unused substitutes: 13-Jordan Pickford, 16-Joe Gomez, 20-Demarai Gray, 21-Alex McCarthy, 22-Marcus Bettinelli.
team notes: Ben Chilwell becomes the first player since Paul Scholes in May 1997 to make his debut on his home ground.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Switzerland in the Euro '96 opening match, and again in the March 1998 friendly.
3-5-2 Pickford -
Maguire, Tarkowski
(Stones), Walker -
(Trippier), Loftus-Cheek (Lingard), Dier, Delph (Henderson), Rose (Chilwell) -
Rashford, Welbeck
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 99 days Appearances/Goals 20.2 2.2

Switzerland Team



FIFA (16 August 2018) 8th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Puma - Red jerseys with v-necked white collars, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Stephan Lichtsteiner Coach: Vladimir Petković, 55 (15 August 1963 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia), appointed 23 December 2013, effective 1 July 2014.
46th match, W 27 - D 9 - L 9 - F - A .
Switzerland Lineup
1 Sommer, Yann 29
268 days
17 December 1988 G Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 41 30ᵍᵃ
2 Lichtsteiner, Stephan 34
238 days
16 January 1984 RWB
Arsenal FC, England
27th min. after he trips Danny Rose on the edge of the box.
22 Schär, Fabian L. 26
265 days
20 December 1991 RD Newcastle United FC, England 44 7
20 Djourou Gbadjere, D.I. Johannes 31
236 days
18 January 1987
in Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire
CD Societá Polisportiva Ars et Labor 76 2
5 Akanji, Manuel O., off half time 23
54 days
19 July 1995 LD Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 13 0
13 Rodríguez Araya, Ricardo I., off half time 26
17 days
25 August 1992 LWB AC Milan, Italy 59 5
17 Zakaria, Denis L., off 66th min. 21
295 days
20 November 1996 RM Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 14 1
10 Xhaka, Granit 25
349 days
27 September 1992 CM Arsenal FC, England 68 10
8 Freuler, Remo M., off 66th min. 26
149 days
15 April 1992 LM Atalanta BC, Italy 11 0
23 Shaqiri, Xherdan, off 80th min. 26
336 days
10 October 1991
in Gjilan, Yugoslavia
AM Liverpool FC, England 76 22
19 Gavranović, Mario, off 66th min. 28
291 days
24 November 1989 CF Gnk Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 17 5
Switzerland Substitutes
3 Moubandje, J. François, on half time for Rodríguez 28
82 days
21 June 1990
in Douala, Cameroon
LWB Toulouse FC, France 19 0
18 Mehmedi, Admir, on half time for Akanji 27
179 days
16 March 1991
in Gostivar, Yugoslavia
F VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 60 8
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 0
11 Fernandes Ribeiro, Edimilson, on 66th min. (65:31) for Zakaria 22
149 days
15 April 1996 AM ACF Fiorentina, Italy, on loan from West Ham United FC, England 4 0
16 Ajeti, Albian A., on 66th min. (65:36) for Gavranović 21
197 days
26 February 1997 CF FC Basel 1893 2 1
14 Zuber, Steven, on 66th min. (65:52) for Freuler 27
25 days
17 August 1991 RM TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany 17 5
9 Seferović, Haris, on 80th min. (79:42) for Shaqiri 26
201 days
22 February 1992 F Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 56 13
result: England 1 Switzerland 0
unused substitutes: 4-Timm Klose, 6-Kevin Mbabu, 7-Breel Embolo, 12-Yvon Mvogo, 15-Djibril Sow, 21-Gregor Kobel.
3-5-1-1 Sommer -
Schär, Djourou, Akanji
(Mehmedi) -
Lichtsteiner, Zakaria
(Fernandes), Xhaka, Freuler (Zuber), Rodríguez (Moubandje) -
(Seferović) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 162 days Appearances/Goals 47.5 5.4


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Gareth Southgate made nine changes to his team for this friendly International against Switzerland, following the defeat by Spain.  England were back ‘on the road’ with the game being played at Leicester, but the expectant crowd would have been a little disappointed with, not only the match, but the performance of some of the players.  In the end England did scrape a 1-0 win, but it was a poor game.

Southgate really wanted to give some of the fringe players some game time, especially as several of them had hardly played for their clubs since the start of the new season.  That showed in a first-half that saw England often at sixes and sevens.  Luckily the Swiss were not able to take advantage, despite being given many opportunities by a hesitant England XI.  Early on it was like watching a Keystone Kops film!  It is okay to play out from the back, but only if all the players are tuned in to the idea.

First Jack Butland, returning in goal, tried to pass across goal to Danny Rose, but failed in his attempted pass. The ball was intercepted by Xherdan Shaqiri but somehow Butland managed to block the forward as it deflected away for a goal-kick. A little later and Butland rolled the ball out towards James Tarkowski only to see the Burnley man robbed of the ball all too easily by Denis Zakaria, who then teed up Shaqiri again. The Liverpool man, and former teammate of Butland at Stoke, fired in a shot which scraped the outside of a post when it seemed he must score. That was awful and it was the sort of thing you see in a Sunday League match on the local park.

England just could not get going as Switzerland dominated without seriously threatening again. The match was very scrappy and with Fabian Delph and Reuben Loftus-Cheek obviously lacking in match fitness, the Swiss were able to subdue England all too easily. The best outlet for England came from Danny Rose as the left-back proved to be an energetic performer, something that was absent from some of the other members of the team.

On 16 minutes Eric Dier headed wide from a good position and then a few minutes later Fabian Schar shot wide for the Swiss after good work by Granit Xhaka. Marcus Rashford shot just over from a free-kick and then two minutes later Trent Alexander-Arnold saw a shot saved by Yann Sommer in goal for the visitors. If that makes it sound as though England were on top then over the next few minutes both Mario Gavranovic and Ricardo Rodriguez both forced saves out of Butland. Rose continued to shine and Rashford set him up for an angled shot which was well saved by Sommer and near the end of the half both Welbeck and Loftus-Cheek had shots saved with the final chance of the half falling to Zakaria at the other end, who shot over.

It had been a very disjointed half and, apparently, as Rose revealed afterwards, the players exchanged strong words at the half-time interval. Calming things down, Southgate made some changes to the system at the break in an attempt to counteract the Swiss side’s style of play, and it certainly brought about a better England display after the break. It could hardly have been worse.

The second-half started with the perfect pick-me-up as England took an undeserved lead in the 54th minute. A left-wing corner was over-hit but the ball ran out to Kyle Walker on the far right side. He curled in an excellent cross to the far post where the alert and unmarked Rashford pounced to shoot home from close range. The goal had really come out of nothing but it did have the effect of settling England down a little. Rashford had just previously gone close and he fully justified the trust Southgate gave to the young striker with two goals in two games.

The game then became a little scrappy again so Southgate made a few substitutions just after the hour mark by sending on some of his ‘big guns’. On came Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Harry Kane for Loftus-Cheek, Tarkowski and Welbeck and England improved immediately. A total of 12 substitutions were made in this match by the two sides and that sort of sums up the play we were watching.

Shaqiri saw a shot blocked on 64 minutes and then Dier shot wide six minutes later. There were few moments to thrill the enthusiastic Leicester crowd however as the game trundled along in a similar vein to what had passed before. Dier again went close and near the end two Swiss efforts flew over.

And that was about it, England had avoided the ignominy of losing four on the trot for the first time in their history, but Gareth Southgate would have found little to be encouraged by over this 90 minutes. Welbeck was unlucky to be taken off as he and Rashford did well up front on a measly supply from the midfield. Danny Rose had probably his best game for England until he gave way to Leicester’s own Ben Chilwell for a well-supported England debut in front of his home crowd. As for the rest, this is one of those games that will quickly be forgotten. Still, a win is a win and you can’t say fairer than that.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor