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Tuesday, 8 September 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

England 2 Switzerland 0 [0-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 75,751;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Harry Kane (fifteen yard shot 67 66:42), Wayne Rooney (penalty 84 83:30) Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad
Results 2015-2020 England - James Milner (28 27:13), Chris Smalling (71 70:55)

Switzerland kicked-off. 94 minutes (46:00 & 48:00).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (navy) - Gianluca Rocchi
 42, (25 August 1973), Firenze, FIFA listed 2008.

Assistant Referees - Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore, 42 (17 January 1973), Teramo, and Gianluca Cariolato, 43 (24 April 1972)

Fourth official - Mauro Tonolini, 42 (30 March 1973), Milano.
Additional Assistant Referees - Luca Banti, 41 (27 March 1974), Livorno,
and Antonio Damato, 43 (15 August 1972), Barletta.

UEFA Referee Observer - Eugen Strigel
, Germany
UEFA Delegate - Joao Moraia
, Portugal
Romeo Beckham, son of David, was one of the England mascots tonight

7 Goal Attempts 1
16 Attempts on Target 9
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 8
  Offside Calls Against  
14 Fouls Conceded 11
49% Possession 51%

England Team



FIFA (3 September 2015) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 8th to 7th
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, fourteenth captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
43rd match, W 25 - D 13 - L 5 - F 89 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 54 37 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E., off 68th min. 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 7 0
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 20 12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 6 0
4 Shelvey, Jonjo, off 57th min. 23 27 February 1992 CM Swansea City AFC 3 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 37 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 19 0
Smalling cautioned in the 71st minute for Unsporting Behaviour after a running tustle with Shaqiri.
7 Milner, James P. 29 4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 56 1
Milner cautioned in the 28th minute for Unsporting Behaviour after a mis-timed challenge brought down Lichtsteiner.
8 Delph, Fabian, injured off 2nd min. (1:59) 25 21 November 1989 LM Manchester City FC 8 0
9 Sterling, Raheem S. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 17 1
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 29 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 107 50
11 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D. 22 15 August 1993 RF Arsenal FC 22 4
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Switzerland 0
20 Barkley, Ross, on 3rd min. (2.40) for Delph 21 5 December 1993 M Everton FC 15 1
18 Kane, Harry E., on 57th min. (56:55) for Shelvey 22 28 July 1993 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 3
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 0
15 Stones, John, on 68th min. (67:54) for Clyne 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 6 0
result: England 2 Switzerland 0

unused substitutes:

12-Kieron Gibbs, 13-Jack Butland, 14-Theo Walcott, 16-Phil Jagielka, 17-Jamie Vardy, 19-Ryan Mason, 21-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Wayne Rooney becomes the record goalscorer for England. He has scored in a record 40 matches. Also scored in a record seven competitive consecutive matches. His penalty equals a sequence of eleven successful converted kicks, set back in 2003.
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.
4-3-3 Hart -
(Stones), Cahill, Smalling, Shaw -
Milner, Shelvey
(Kane), Delph (Barkley) -
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Sterling

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 30.5 5.3


Switzerland Team



FIFA (3 September 2015) 17th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating =18th to 20th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew neck jerseys with white side pinstripe/cuffs, red shorts with white sidestripe, red socks with white vertical pinstripe.
Capt: Gökhan İnler Manager: Vladimir Petkovic, 52 (15 August 1963 in Yugoslavia), appointed 13 July 2014
11th match, W 6 - D 2 - L 3 - F 22 - A 11.
Switzerland Lineup
1 Sommer, Yann 26 17 December 1988 G Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV, Germany 10 0
2 Lichtsteiner, Stephan 31 16 January 1984 RB Juventus FC, Italy 77 5
13 Rodríguez Araya, Ricardo I. 23 25 August 1992 LB VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 32 0
4 Klose, Timm 27 9 May 1988
born in Germany
CD VfL Wolfsburg eV, Germany 11 0
22 Schär, Fabian L. 23 20 December 1991 CB FC Basel 1893 15 5
6 İnler, Gökhan 31 27 June 1984 CM Leicester City FC, England 85 6
23 Shaqiri, Xherdan 23 10 October 1991
born in Yugoslavia
RF Stoke City FC, England 48 17
14 Stocker, Valentin, off 72nd min. 26 12 April 1989 LF Hertha, Berliner SC von 1892 eV, Germany 31 5
19 Drmic, Josip, off 63rd min. 23 8 August 1992 CF Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV, Germany 22 8
10 Xhaka, Granit 22 27 September 1992 RM Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV, Germany 38 6
11 Behrami, Valon, off 79th min. 30 19 April 1985
born in Yugoslavia
LM Watford FC, England 61 2
Switzerland Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Switzerland 0
7 Embolo, Breel-Donald, on 63rd min (62:45) for Drmic 18 14 February 1997
born in Cameroon
F FC Basel 1893 5 0
scoreline: England 1 Switzerland 0
9 Seferovic, Haris, on 72nd min. (71:37) for Stocker 23 22 February 1992 F Eintracht Frankfurt eV, Germany 25 5
15 Dzemaili, Blerim, on 79th min. (78:50) for Behrami 29 12 April 1986
born in Yugoslavia
M Galatasaray SK, Turkey 44 5
result: England 2 Switzerland 0

unused substitutes:

3-Francois Moubandje, 5-Steve von Bergen, 6-Silvan Widmer, 12-Marwin Hitz, 16-Gelson Fernandes, 17-Pajtim Kasami, 18-Admir Mehmedi, 20-Fabian Lustenberger, 21-Roman Burki.
4-3-3 Sommer -
Lichsteiner, Klose, Schar, Rodriguez -
Xhaka, Inler, Behrami
(Dzemaili) -
Shaqiri, Drmic
(Embolo), Stocker (Seferovic).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 39.1 4.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

When the European Championship group fixtures came out, everyone assumed that this match could be the crunch game to see who qualifies from the group, and who actually wins it.  As it has turned out England have already qualified with ease and this match at Wembley had just two further points to decide.  One was to see if England could keep their 100% record intact and the other was to see if Wayne Rooney could score the one goal he needed to break Bobby Charlton's long-standing goalscoring record.  In the end both missions were accomplished.

The match began with both sides feeling each other out, although England's pre-match game plan was immediately altered when, after his first sprint, Fabian Delph unluckily pulled up with a Hamstring injury.  Ross Barkley was sent on and England passed the ball around at a leisurely pace.  A corner taken by James Milner saw Gary Cahill have a free downward header in the 6th minute, and Rooney nearly managed to flick the ball in.  Apart from that most of the play was confined to the midfield, although Luke Shaw made some good runs down the left.  From one good cross Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot over.  The next chance came from Rooney as Milner sent the striker away.  Rooney only had one thought in mind and tried to curl a shot in at the far post, unfortunately not quite executing it properly and sending it wide.

Switzerland seem to have a plan to shut down England's right hand side, and they particularly closed down on Nathaniel Clyne, catching the full-back in possession a couple of times.  But the cover was there and Chris Smalling looked especially sharp and he cut out any danger with some good interceptions.

On the 20 minute mark England fashioned their best chance to date.  A long clearance by Smalling found the marauding Rooney moving forward at pace.  He laid the ball into the path of the supporting Milner and his left-foot shot was well saved by Yann Sommer.  In the main England's defenders coped well with the weak attacking threat posed by the Swiss and Joe Hart was untroubled in the first half hour.  Milner was booked for an untidy challenge after his control let him down and then Hart was finally called into action, swiftly moving off his line to save at Xherdan Shaqiri's feet as the 'dead ringer for Harry Enfield' threatened to pounce.

The game then meandered along for a while before Switzerland created their best chance of the match.  Josip Drmic found himself away on the right on the edge of the box and with a clear sight of goal.  Unfortunately he messed up his shot and the ball was dragged wide, but it was a warning to England.  Overall it had been a poor half with both sides below par and not really extending themselves.  0-0 suited the Swiss but the crowd wanted a little more from England.

Barkley forced an early corner after the restart and straightaway you sensed a little more purpose about England's play.  A lovely turn of pace from Oxlade-Chamberlain took him past Ricardo Rodrigues and the winger's clipped ball back from the bye-line was met by a looping header from Rooney.  It was a routine save for Sommer although England continued to press.  Clyne, who had recovered from his slightly shaky start, sent in another good cross into the box, which was cleared, and all the home players were showing just a little more urgency about their game.

Switzerland, meanwhile, were looking to break quickly when the opportunity arose, but the England defence coped well and snuffed out any danger with some good tackling and interceptions.  But a Swiss corner almost broke the deadlock on 56 minutes when a firm, glancing header by Granit Xhaka was blocked by a scrambling Hart at his near post.  After that near miss manager Roy Hodgson decided to bring on Harry Kane for  the slightly subdued Jonjo Shelvey, to try and pep up the attack.  The Tottenham striker soon made his intentions clear when he fired in a long range shot that brought Sommer to his knees to save.  Finally, on 67 minutes, Kane's introduction made the difference.

A lovely through ball by the impressive Milner found Kane out wide on the right.  He pulled the ball back inside to Barkley who quickly shifted it on to Rooney.  The skipper spotted the ever-willing run of Shaw on his left and fed the ball to him.  Shaw's cross was clever as he pulled it back a bit further away from the back-pedalling defenders, and there was Kane coming in from the right to hit a super left-foot shot wide of the flat-footed Sommer.  It was a terrific goal by England, and who said Harry Kane was out of form?  That's two from two for him in an England shirt this season and it was a goal to be really proud of.

Hodgson then made another substitution, bringing on John Stones for Clyne, before Smalling was unluckily booked when Shaqiri was leaning all over him and then went down in a heap.  Shaquiri's resultant free-kick was blocked before good work by Milner and Stones cleared the danger.  The Swiss did up their tempo for a while and forced a few corners and from one Shaqiri shot wide from a good position.  But England were coping well at the back with Smalling excellent and Cahill his usual composed self.  With just seven minutes to go England not only clinched the result but also gave the crowd the moment they had all been waiting for.

A good flicked pass by Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Raheem Sterling possession and the speedy winger darted between two defenders.  Xhaka stuck out a foot and it was a clear trip on the Manchester City winger.  Penalty!  Again, there was never any doubt as to who would take the spot-kick, but it was noticeable how Rooney composed himself just a little longer than usual for what was to be a momentus kick.  Sommer managed a touch but the crowd erupted when they saw the ball nestle safely in the back of the net for a truly remarkable 50th time from the England captain.  Unsurprisingly there was more than a hint of emotion in Rooney's face as he looked to the heavens and realised just what he had achieved.  For 45 years Bobby Charlton has been the proud holder of the wonderful goalscoring record for England, but not anymore.  I wonder how many years it will be before Rooney's eventual total (he's certainly not finished yet) will be eclipsed?

In the remaining minutes Hart saved from a free-kick, but the Swiss were a spent force by now and in the end it was a comfortable three points for England.  It was not a game that will live long in the memory for the excitement, but, of course, it will always be remembered for that one moment that changed the history of English international football.  Well done Wazza, for a magnificent achievement!


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor