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FINAL MEETING vs. SWITZERLAND
  Saturday, 26 March 2022
An Alzheimer's Society Friendly International match


England 2 Switzerland 1 [1-1]
 
 
The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 5.30pm
Attendance: 78,881

Players lost since last match
Ray Kennedy (30 November 2021) 70
96½ minutes 47:02 & 49:35 Breel Embolo kicked off
after taking the knee

700th post-war goal conceded>
400th goal conceded on home soil>

[0-1] Kyle Walker-Peters hit post 34:21 offside
[1-1] Luke Shaw 45+1 45:12
 
powerful left-footed strike from 18yd line after Mount let Conor Gallagher's crossfield ball fall to his feet
[0-1] Breel Embolo header 22 21:39
headed in from 6 yards a Xherdan Shaqiri cross
(VAR checked 23:13)
[0-1] Fabian Frei strike hits the crossbar 24:12
[2-1]Harry Kane penalty 78 77:52
 
powerful kick to the keepers right
(Zuber handball 74:57) VAR awarded 76:46
 
no cautions
Commentator: Martin Tyler with Alan Smith
 
"IT'S KANE AGAIN" Daily Mirror
Officials from Sweden England Squad Type Switzerland Squad
Referee (red)
Lars Christian Andreas Ekberg
37 (2 January 1985), Malmö, FIFA-listed 2013
9 Goal Attempts 12
5 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Mehmut Culum
(1983)
Fredrik Klyver 5 Corner Kicks Won 5
Fourth official
Bojan Pandžić
40 (13 March 1982), Hisings Backa, FIFA-listed 2014

The pre-match photos included the Ukraine flag.
1 Offside Calls Against 2
11 Fouls Conceded 13
52.1% Possession 47.9%

  
Video Assistant Officials from Belgium  
Alexandre Boucaut
41 (10 August 1980)
Assistant VAR official - Christof Dierick, 43
England Team
 
Rank: FIFA (10th February 2022) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2020 away uniform - Mega blue and royal blue collared jersey and shorts. Abstract three-lions pattern throughout with challenge red sidestripes. Mega blue socks with a thin challenge red/sport royal blue hoop.
Capt: Harry Kane ⁴¹
45th, W 29 - D 9 - L 7 - F 107 - A 33.
Jordan Henderson 87:34
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 51 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
69th match, W 45 - D 14 - L 10 - F 154 - A 43
record 19th ͨ at National Stadium
England Lineup
For the second half, The team did not wear the names on their shirts.
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 28
19 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 43 32ᵍᵃ
101 2 Walker-Peters, Kyle L., off 62nd min. 24
347 days
13 April 1997 RWB Southampton FC 1 0
1267 the 39th Southampton player to represent England
3
Shaw, Luke P.H., off 61st min. 26
257 days
12 July 1995 LWB Manchester United FC 20 2
the 190th player to reach the 20-app milestone
102 4 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel 21
256 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
LD/
LCD
Crystal Palace FC 1 0
1268 40th foreign-born player the sixteenth Palace player to represent England
14 White, Benjamin W. 24
169 days
8 October 1997 CD/RB Arsenal FC 3 0
the 68th Palace player to represent England
6 Coady, Conor D. 29
31 days
23 February 1993 RD/
RCD
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 9 1
7
Gallagher, Conor J., off 61st min. (60:39) 22
48 days
6 February 2000 LM Crystal Palace FC, on loan from Chelsea FC 2 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 31
282 days
17 June 1990 RM/
LDM
Liverpool FC 69 2
final app 2011-22
9 Kane, Harry E., off 88th min. 28
241 days
28 July 1993
 
CF/RF
 
Tottenham Hotspur FC
 
68
 
49
¹⁴
the 100th penalty-kick scored (137)
     
10 Foden, Philip W., off 79th min. 21
302 days
28 May 2000 RF/
RAM
Manchester City FC 14 2
11 Mount, Mason T., off 62nd min. 23
75 days
10 January 1999 LF Chelsea FC 27 4
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 1
17 Rice, Declan, on 61st min. (60:39) for Gallagher 23
71 days
14 January 1999 RDM West Ham United FC 28 25 2
3
103 23 Mitchell, Tyrick K., on 61st min. (60:54) for Shaw 22
206 days
1 September 1999 LB Crystal Palace FC 1 0
1269 the 17th Palace player to represent England
20 Sterling, Raheem S., on 62nd min. (61:01) for Walker-Peters 27
108 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC 73 64 18
9
16 Grealish, Jack P., on 62ndmin. (61:25) for Mount 26
197 days
10 September 1995 RAM/
LAM
Manchester City FC 19 10 1
9
scoreline: England 2 Switzerland 1
18 Bellingham, Jude V.W., on 79th min. (78:40) for Foden 18
270 days
29 June 2003 RAM BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 11 3 0
8
  W 11 - D 0 - L 0
19 Watkins, Oliver G.A., on 88th min. (87:59) for Kane 26
86 days
30 December 1995 RF Aston Villa FC 6 0 1
6
result: England 2 Switzerland 1
unused substitutes: 5-John Stones (injured), 12-Harry Maguire, 13-Nick Pope, 15-Tyrone Mings, 21-James Ward-Prowse, 22-Fraser Forster.
team notes: Ben White was a last-moment replacement for John Stones, who was injured in the warm-up.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
Tyrick Mitchell is the 98th player (not 100th as reported) used by Gareth Southgate.
substitute notes: It is Raheem Sterling's first appearance as a substitute since September 2017.
stadium notes: As Harry Kane scored, he becomes the record goalscorer (20) at the newly built Stadium, beating Wayne Rooney. (At Wembley, as a whole, he still two behind Gary Lineker and three behind Bobby Charlton)
It also secured England's sixtieth victory at The National Stadium.
penalty kick notes: Harry Kane's kick, England's one hundredth successful conversion, was his first penalty kick in a friendly match since against France, June 2017.
records: This is England's 75th victory in the month of March.
Manager Gareth Southgate played against Switzerland in the Euro '96 opening match, and again, also against Murat Yakin, in the March 1998 friendly.
 
3-4-3
4-2-4 after 62 minutes
Pickford -
Coady, White, Guéhi -
Walker-Peters
(Sterling), Henderson, Gallagher (Rice), Shaw (Mitchell) -
Foden
(Bellingham), Kane (Watkins), Mount (Grealish)
notes: after the spate of substitutions on the hour, the new back line was White, Coady, Guéhi and Mitchell.
Rice and Henderson became the new defensive midfielders.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 252 days Appearances/Goals 23.4 5.3
 
Switzerland Team
 
Rank: FIFA (10th Feb 2022) 14th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 11th
Colours: Made by Puma - White crew-necked jerseys with red chest trim & cuffs, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Granit Xhaka Manager: Murat Yakin, 47 (15 September 1974), appointed 9 August 2021
eighth match, W 4 - D 3 - L 1 - F 14 - A 4.
Switzerland Lineup
12 Omlin, Jonas 28
84 days
19 January 1994 G Montpellier Hérault SC, France 3 0
3 Widmer, Silvan D., injured off 36th min. (35:00) 29
21 days
5 March 1993 RB 1.FSv Mainz 05, Germany 28 2
5 Akanji, Manuel O. 26
250 days
19 July 1995 RCD BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 39 0
6 Frei, Fabian 33
95 days
8 January 1989 LCD FC Basel 19 3
13 Rodríguez Araya, Ricardo I. 29
214 days
25 August 1992 LB Torino FC, Italy 93 9
8 Freuler, Remo M., off 62nd min. 29
345 days
15 April 1992 RDM Atalanta BC, Italy 18 1
10 Xhaka, Granit 26
181 days
27 September 1992 LDM Arsenal FC, England 99 12
11 Steffen, Renato, off 62nd min. 30
144 days
3 November 1991 RAM VfL Wolsfburg, Germany 21 1
23
Shaqiri, Xherdan, off 80th min. 30
168 days
10 October 1991
in Gjilan, Yugoslavia
CAM Chicago Fire FC, United States 101 26
17 Vargas Martinez, Ruben E., off 63rd min. 23
234 days
5 August 1998 LAM FC Augsburg 1907, Germany 23 4
7
Embolo, Breel D., off 79th min. 25
41 days
14 February 1997
in Yaoundé, Cameroon
CF Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 51 9
Switzerland Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Switzerland 1
2 Mbabu, M. Kevin, on 36th min. (35:34) for Widmer 26
341 days
19 April 1995 RB VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 20 0
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 1
20 Zeqiri, Andi, on 62nd min. (61:39) for Steffen 22
277 days
22 June 1999 RAM FC Augsburg 1907, Germany, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Engand 6 0
15 Sow, Mohameth Djibril I., on 63rd min. (62:05) for Freuler 27
48 days
6 February 1997 LDM Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany 25 0
14 Zuber, Steven, on 63rd min. (62:12) for Vargas 27
221 days
17 August 1991 RM Athlitikí Énosis Konstantinoupóleos, Greece, on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany 47 10
scoreline: England 2 Switzerland 1
19 Gavranović, Mario, on 79th min. (78:45) for Embolo 32
122 days
24 November 1989 CF Kayseri SK, Turkey 38 16
22 Aebischer, Michel, on 80th min. (79:05) for Shaqiri 25
79 days
6 January 1997 AM FC Bologna 1909, Italy, on loan from Berner SC Young Boys 8 0
result: England 2 Switzerland 1
unused substitutes: 1.David von Ballmoos, 4-Nico Elvedi, 9-Noah Okafor, 16-Jordan Lotomba, 18-Eray Cömert, 21-Gregor Kobel.
team notes: Stephen Widmer wemt down on 34:23 after pulling a muscle as he sprinted back to cover Phil Foden.
records:  
Manager Murat Yakin played for Switzerland against England, and Gareth Southgate, in the March 1998 friendly, and also in the group match of Euro 2004.
 
4-2-3-1 Omlin -
Widmer (Mbabu), Akanji, Frei, Rodríguez -
Freuler (Zuber), Zhaka -
Steffen
(Zeqiri), Shaqiri (Aebischer), Vargas (Zuber) -
Embolo (Gavranović)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 260 days Appearances/Goals 45.0 6.0
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

This was one of those games, wasn't it, with lots of new faces, who had had little time to prepare and gel, and the match turned out to be lacking in urgency at this crucial stage of the domestic season. However, the good news was that England found a way to win.

It was a very slow start to the match, with Switzerland looking more lively than their hosts. Indeed, they were soon on the attack and Ben White had to clear one dangerous early cross. At the other end, Harry Kane was given a pass but was quickly shut out by a determined and well-organised Swiss defence. Conor Gallagher was one of the few England players looking lively, and his curling effort had to be headed clear as it threatened the goal. Despite all this activity, neither goalkeeper had been called into action as yet.

You knew that the game was struggling to get going, especially when a Mexican wave started up in the crowd! And that was just 15 minutes in. However, with Xherdan Shaqiri pulling the strings for Switzerland, the game saw its first real chance as Xhaka forced a fine save from Jordan Pickford on 21 minutes. But just a minute later the visitors took a deserved lead. Shaqiri was again at the heart of the move and his fine cross from the right cleared a back-pedalling White and there was Breel Embolo to head a simple goal coming in behind the England defender. From a defensive point of view it was a poor goal to concede, but a well-taken header nonetheless.

The Swiss were now on a roll, (sorry for the pun), and they really should have increased their lead as first, Shaqiri's shot was deflected wide, and then Pickford produced a fine save from Fabian Frei's volley at the far post. The goalkeeper managed to get a hand to the ball and push it onto the crossbar and eventually to be cleared away. For a spell Pickford must have thought he was behind Everton's current defence, such was the frailty of England at this point. Over the years regular England watchers do worry when so many new faces appear at the same time, as it always seems to take England half a game to wake up. This was one of those games.

Mason Mount and Phil Foden were not making much headway as we passed the half-hour mark and although Kyle Walker-Peters did hit a post with a shot coming in from the right, sadly for him an offside flag went up, so it wouldn't have counted.

On 38 minutes the Swiss went close again as Renato Steffan's cross-cum-shot had to be headed away by White. Then, a minute later, Shaqiri hit a post direct from a corner and in the resultant scramble the ball fell to Ricardo Rodriguez who brought another fine save out of Pickford before Embolo hit the next rebound over the bar. England's defence had been so un-England like, and was all over the place at times in the first-half. You feared the worse, but football always has the ability to surprise you, and right on half-time England somehow found an unlikely equaliser.

Foden chased down Frei in the corner and the defender's hurried clearance was brilliantly intercepted by Walker-Peters. The ball ran towards Gallagher and his pass inside was met by Luke Shaw, steaming in to thump a really good shot past the goalkeeper, Jonas Omlin It was much more than England deserved, and far less than the Swiss deserved, but the home fans didn't care a jot about that as their favourites were back in the match.

At the break, it was obvious that England needed to re-group, up the tempo and add more urgency. Meanwhile, trying to follow the cricket in the West Indies at the same time as watching this match, England suffered another of their now famous collapses! But I digress, and almost immediately after the restart at Wembley, Kane was put through by Gallagher. As it happened the pass was just a fraction too far ahead of the England striker and although he did get a shot away goalkeeper Omlin was easily able to block his effort. But it was a good sign and to be honest, England seemed to have more control throughout this half.

A minute later debutant Marc Guehi almost capped a steady performance with a goal, but alas his header from a corner went wide. On the hour Gareth Southgate decided to make a raft of chances bringing on several substitutes. One of those was another debutant, Tyrick Mitchell, who became the 100th different player used by Southgate since he became England's manager. With the Swiss also making changes the match drifted into a 'not much happening' mode for a while. Just like the cooks, too many substitutes spoilt the broth!

Suddenly a flurry of activity as on 71 minutes Kane headed straight at Omlin and a minute later White tried to atone for his earlier defensive error by firing in a good shot which only just cleared the crossbar. Then on 75 minutes came the game's pivotal moment. Guehi's header was blocked by a Swiss defender, who turned his back but left his hand dangling. The England players appealed for a penalty as the ball struck his hand and after consultation with VAR, the referee gave that penalty. A bit harsh, but we have seen these decisions given all season, so no-one was too surprised when the spot-kick was awarded. Thank you very much said Harry, and Kane's kick was emphatic! That goal was the skipper's 49th for his country, bringing him level with Sir Bobby Charlton and just four behind Wayne Rooney's record of 53. There was to be no 50th goal for Kane this evening though as he was substituted with a few minutes left, replaced by Ollie Watkins.

The substitutions had affected the Swiss more than England in that second half, and apart from a couple of soft efforts on goal they showed very little after the break. The penalty was the only real talking point of the half, but as I said at the beginning of this report, England had found a way to win when not playing that well, and long may that continue.
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
 
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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