Game: Switzerland – England
Date: 8 September, Monday, 2014 year
Start time: 21:45
England starts qualifying for Euro 2016 with the visit of Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park (Basel). The match is on September 8, Monday, at 21:45. Meeting is from group “E” where more teams of Lithuania, Estonia, San Marino and Slovenia.
Switzerland and England are favorites for the top two spots in this group who will qualify directly for Euro 2016 should not be written off, however, the team of Slovenia, who can intervene in the fight for second place.
New Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic named three international newcomers to this game. Yann Sommer of Borussia Moenchengladbach becomes first-choice goalkeeper after the international retirement of Diego Benaglio. Midfielders Pajtim Kasami of Olympiakos and Basel’s Fabian Frei return after missing out on World Cup selection.
World Cup 2014 Switzerland reached its maximum, qualified for the second round, where Argentina lost 0:1 after extra time. Then-led by Ottmar Hitzfeld team had chances even to win, but luck was not on their side.
England suffered the disappointment of World Cup 2014 after losing two of their three matches in the group stage and ends in a draw 0: 0 against Costa Rica.
Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his squad for the upcoming match. These are Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph. Frank Lampard has followed Steven Gerrard into international retirement ahead of England’s first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.
Meeting due to injury will miss many key players of England. This is Kyle Walker (pelvis), Ross Barkley (knee), Theo Walcott (knee), Glen Johnson (thigh), Luke Shaw (hamstring), Michael Carrick (ankle), Jon Flanagan (knee), Adam Lallana (knee), Chris Smalling (groin), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Andy Carroll (ankle)
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Roman Buerki (Freiburg), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg).
Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Loris Benito (Benfica), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa), Johan Djourou (Hamburger SV), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmer (Udinese).
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Hamburger SV), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Valentin Stocker (Hertha Berlin), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Pajtim Kasami (Olympiakos), Fabian Frei (Basel), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Josip Drmic (Bayer Leverkusen), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg).
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)
Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)