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Saturday, 8 June 1996
European Championships 1996 Finals Group A, match one

England 1 Switzerland 1 [1-0]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 76,567;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

England - Alan Shearer (24)
Switzerland - Kubi Turkyilmaz (penalty 82)
Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad
England - Gary Neville (26), Tony Adams (80).
Switzerland - Johann Vogel (28), Yvan Quentin (43), Marco Grassi (84), Ramon Vega (89).
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Spain




Referee (-) - Manuel Diaz Vega
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Joachin Olmas Gonzalez and Manuel Tresaco Gracia.

Fourth official - Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda Encinar.

Ceremony opened by and teams presented to His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, FA President.

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
0 Hit Bar/Post 2
4 Corner Kicks Won 6
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (22 May 1996) 24th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 12th
Colours: The 1995 Umbro home uniform - White v-neck collared shadow striped jersey with navy overlapping collar, navy shorts with white/turquoise side triangle, white socks with two turquoise hoops.
Capt: Tony Adams, sixth captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 53 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
20th match, W 9 - D 10 - L 1 - F 28 - A 11, incl. one abandoned.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David 32   G Arsenal FC 25 14 GA
2 Neville, Gary 21   RB Manchester United FC 11 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 34   LB Nottingham Forest FC 66 5
4 Ince, Paul 28   M Internazionale Milano, Italy 20 2
5 Adams, Tony 29   CD Arsenal FC 41 4
Adams cautioned for tripping Vogel.
6 Southgate, Gareth 25   CD Aston Villa FC 5 0
17 McManaman, Steven, off 70th min. 24   LM Liverpool FC 11 0
8 Gascoigne, Paul J. off 77 29 27 May 1967 CM Rangers FC, Scotland 39 7
9 Shearer, Alan 25   F Blackburn Rovers FC 24 6
10 Sheringham, Edward P., off 70th min. 30   F Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 2
11 Anderton, Darren 24   RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 5
England Substitutes
20 Stone, Steven, on 70th min. for McManaman. 24   M Nottingham Forest FC 7 2
14 Barmby, Nicholas, on 70th min. for Sheringham. 22   F Middlesbrough FC 7 2
7 Platt, David, on 77th min for Gascoigne. 29   M Arsenal FC 59 27

unused substitutes:

12-Steve Howey, 13-Tim Flowers, 15-Jamie Redknapp, 16-Sol Campbell, 18-Les Ferdinand, 19-Phil Neville, 21-Robbie Fowler, 22-Ian Walker.
4-1-3-2 Seaman -
Neville, Adams, Southgate, Pearce -
Ince -
Anderton, Gascoigne
(Platt), McManaman (Stone) -
Shearer, Sheringham


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Switzerland Team



FIFA (22 May 1996) 21st
EFO ranking

ELO rating 23rd to 22nd
Colours: Made by Lotto - Red collared jerseys with white shoulders/collars/cuffs, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Alain Geiger, handed to Ciriaco Sforza Manager: Artur Jorge Braga Melo Teixeira, 50 (13 February 1946 in Portugal)
Switzerland Lineup
1 Pascolo, Marco 30 9 May 1966 G Association du Servette FC   GA
13 Jeanneret, Sebastien 22 12 December 1973 RB Neuchatel Xamax FCS    
3 Quentin, Yvan 26 2 May 1970 LB FC Sion    
Quentin cautioned for tripping Shearer.
4 Henchov, Stephane 21 7 September 1974 CD Hamburger SV eV, Germany    
5 Geiger, Alain, off 71st min. 35 5 November 1960 F Grasshopper Club Zurich    
15 Vega, Ramon 24 14 June 1971 CD Grasshopper Club Zurich    
Vega cautioned for tripping Ince.
17 Vogel, Johann L.F. 19 8 March 1977 M Grasshopper Club Zurich    
14 Turkyilmaz, Kubilay 29 4 March 1967 F Grasshopper Club Zurich    
Turkyilmaz's penalty converted following a Stuart Pearce handball.
9 Grassi, Marco 27 8 August 1968 F Stade Rennais FC    
Grassi cautioned.
10 Sforza, Ciriaco 26 2 March 1970 M FC Bayern Munchen eV, Germany    
21 Bonvin, Christophe, off 67th min. 30 14 July 1965 CM FC Sion    
Switzerland Substitutes
11 Chapuisat, Stephane, on 67th min. for Bonvin 26 28 June 1969 F BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany    
16 Koller, Marcel, on 71st min. for Geiger 35 11 November 1960 M Grasshopper Club Zurich    

unused substitutes:

7-Sebastien Fournier, 8-Patrick Silvestre, 12-Stephane Lehmann, 18-Regis Rothenbuhler, 19-David Sesa, 20-Alexandre Comisetti, 22-Joel Corminboeuf.
4-3-1-2 Pascolo -
Jeanneret, Vega, Henchoz, Quentin -
Vogel, Sforza, Geiger
(Koller) -
(Chapiusat) -
Grassi, Turkyilmaz.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Alan Shearer scored his first goal at international level for over two years to give England an encouraging send-off to Euro 96, but the pressure then seemed to get to the players and they finally finished up happy to escape with a draw against a well disciplined Swiss side. The Shearer goal - his first in fourteen England matches - came midway through the first-half. The two Pauls, Gascoigne and Ince, combined to put Shearer clear and he hammered the ball in off the near post to end his famine at the most opportune time. Terry Venables sent on Nick Barmby, David Platt and Steve Stone in place of Teddy Sheringham, Steve McManaman and Gascoigne in the seventieth minute as England started to lose the midfield battle. The goal Switzerland had been threatening throughout the second-half came from a penalty eight minutes from the end following a disputed handball by Stuart Pearce. It could have been worse. Only a magnificent save by David Seaman in the closing moments prevented Switzerland from snatching a winner. 'We were dead on our feet in the second-half,' said Venables. 'We know we must improve of this, and out next game against Scotland is going to be absolutely vital.'

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
Norman Giller
, Football Author