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England v Switzerland as it happened

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By Chris Bevan

1915: The debate about England's failings continues on 606 on BBC Radio 5 live. You can check the scores of all this evening's Euro 2012 qualifiers, including Montenegro-Bulgaria and Macedonia-Republic of Ireland, on the BBC website but this is where I sign off after an entertaining but ultimately frustrating afternoon at Wembley. I've been Chris Bevan and you lot have been great. Have a top summer and see you next season for more fun and games.

FULL-TIME England 2-2 Switzerland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley: "A game England looked to have lost and then should have won with those two Darren Bent chances in the second half. Switzerland well-organised under the masterly Ottmar Hitzfeld and their supporters by far the happier at the end. Still work to do for England."

1922: Just in case you missed what has happened at Wembley in the last three hours or so, here is Phil McNulty to tell you more...

From anon via text: "No one care to cogratulate the Swiss for running the game and playing good positive football? Fine I will. Well played!"

1908: Here's a bit more from Fabio Capello, who didn't blame the fact it was quite hot at Wembley today... but is adamant England were suffering from fatigue in the closing stages: "The players are not the same players I remember from two months ago against Wales. They played without energy and it was very warm also. We made two mistakes but in the second half we played well and we missed four chances but at the end we were really tired - it's been a long season for English players. When we had a meeting to decide when to play these fixtures everyone decided June was not a good time to play. It is difficult for us to play in June."

Sho_Rahman on Twitter: "Using tiredness as an excuse is disgraceful. England were outplayed today. Not by Spain or Brazil, by Switzerland."

From Joe in Manchester, via text: "Scott Parker looked lost today, he and Gareth Barry are one and the same for England, slow and devoid of any creativity. As for Glen Johnson and Theo Walcott, their days are surely numbered - woeful displays."

lewisowen on Twitter: "Leighton Baines did well when he came on to be fair to him. He's had a great season at Everton."


Yep, Baines combined very well with James Milner when he came on. There were positives for England, but they made mistakes which cost them.

1859: Hmmm. Capello said earlier this week that his squad were "absolutely fresh". They did look very tired in the last 10 minutes, though... but was that the only reason they dropped points today? I think not.

Fabio Capello on England's performance in their draw with Switzerland (it might be worth comparing this to his pre-match comments at 1606 BST): "The problem is always the energy. The Swiss players were fresher than ours." But Switzerland's players have had a long season too? "There are differences. In the second half we played not so bad and had three clear chances to score goals but you can see in the last 10 minutes that some of our players were short of energy."

1852: In need of some good news following that England draw? Wales cannot be officially eliminated from Euro 2012 tonight, even if Montenegro win. The dream is still alive for Gary Speed? Probably not.

From anon via text: "Everyone predicted that the Swiss would just sit back and defend, in fact it was quite the opposite. Shows how poor we are when it comes to possession play."

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "England have now failed to win 4 in a row at Wembley, longest run without a win at Wembley in 30 years since 5 from March to May 1981."

England goalscorer Ashley Young, who came off the bench to score his side's equaliser against Switzerland: "We deserved better and we are disappointed in the changing room. We created chances, especially in the second half and on another day they would have gone in. We had to come out fighting in the second half and we showed we've got a good team spirit."

From anon via text: "A reality check all round! Bent was poor, tactically we were not as sound as average opponents, and forgive me but Downing is not a right winger. He's so left footed! At least we know we won't win the Euros!"

NickWolf89 on Twitter: "It was inevitable we weren't going to get the winner. The lack of intensity in last 10 minutes was alarming."

1843: We've got used to being underwhelmed by England performances in June, but at least they were at the World Cup when it happened last year. What, apart from the obvious mistakes, went wrong today? I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCFootball please. Or text me via 81111 (UK) instead. Get involved.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "You have tired players out there. When you come to a game there is a difference between fitness on the training ground and fitness on the pitch. You have to give Switzerland credit because they came back into it and had chances at the end. England had chances to win it also but this was the right result. England did not deserve to win. It was a disappointing performance and it now puts qualification at risk depending on Montenegro's result later."

1840: Safe to say that Joe Hart won't forget those two free-kicks in a hurry (although the second one wasn't his fault) and Darren Bent won't forget those two second-half chances which went begging. No doubt over who my man of the match is, though. Step forward Jack Wilshere, who was impressive throughout with his tackling (or most of it) and passing.

1838: Not quite what we were expecting, but definitely decent entertainment. England fight back from 2-0 down to pick up a point that takes them clear at the top of Group G, but remember Montenegro will move above them if they beat Bulgaria later tonight.

Full time
1836: FULL-TIME England 2-2 Switzerland

1836: Here is that England chance. Leighton Baines sees his corner half-cleared but the ball is soon fired back into the danger zone by Stewart Downing, who follows it into the area and has a chance to win it when the ball drops into his path, but can only find the side-netting.

1834: Maybe not. It is the Swiss who bring the ball forward and they almost snatch a winner. Innocent Emeghara cuts in from the left before feeding Admir Mehmedi, who fires in an angled drive that is only inches wide of Joe Hart's far post. So close.

1832: We will have three minutes of stoppage time at Wembley. Time for one last England attack?

1831: Xherdan Shaqiri drills the ball in but it flies right out of play. Time for another Swiss change. Their goalscorer Tranquillo Barnetta is off, replaced by another debutant in Nigeria-born Innocent Emeghara.

1830: Shaky or not, there is no way through the Swiss defence right now and the visitors are actually doing more of the attacking. Rio Ferdinand hauls down Admir Mehmedi and this is another dangerous-looking free-kick by the right-hand by-line.

1_1andrew1_1 on Twitter: "Both Swiss centre backs were trained by Arsenal. Just in case you were wondering why they look so shaky."

1827: Another long-range strike by Gokhan Inler takes a nick on its way through and that's a corner. James Milner clears, at the expense of another one, and this is nervy stuff. Fortunately, Joe Hart seems to have remembered how to catch the ball and he is out confidently to collect Xherdan Shaqiri's second delivery. Five minutes left and still 2-2.

1825: Another England chance comes and goes. Johan Djourou, who has had a torrid afternoon, allows James Milner to steal in behind him and pull the ball back for Ashley Young from the left by-line, but Young is unable to control his first-time shot and the ball fizzes over the bar. In fairness, that was tricky.

1821: The Swiss have not created much of late and have relied on long-range strikes since the break. Gokhan Inler has just fired in another one of those, which flew high over Joe Hart's bar. I'd expect the visitors would be happy with a point, mind. England won't be.

1819: With 13 minutes left, here comes England's third and final switch. Theo Walcott is being replaced by Stewart Downing. A frustrating afternoon for the Arsenal wide-man is over.

TomGregoryActor on Twitter: "You know who wouldn't miss a chance like Bent's? Michael Owen, but he can't buy a place in the squad."

1817: Another enforced change for Switzerland. Striker Eren Derdiyok is off injured and Admir Mehmedi is on for his debut.

From Carl holidaying in Barbados, via text: "Re 1806. Is that Wilshere tackling like Paul Scholes? A great sign for the future... "


The good news is that Wilshere is also picking passes like the Ginger Prince.

1813: Ouch. A big chance comes and goes for England. Darren Bent feeds Ashley Young, who runs at the heart of the Swiss defence and sees his low shot parried by Diego Benaglio. The loose ball falls for Bent, who will surely score... but he somehow lifts his shot over the bar with the goal gaping. Harry Redknapp's wife Sandra would have buried that.

1811: A sniff for England, who have got 20 minutes left to find a winner. Theo Walcott runs at the Swiss defence down the right and this time feeds Ashley Young with a square-ball. Young's first time shot from the edge of the area is off-target this time, though.

From From Matt in Northamptonshire, via text: "Although England have woken up somewhat I can't help but feel that unless a game is handed to them on a plate, none of the England players have any desire/hunger to fight for a result except for Jack Wilshere."

1807: Jack Wilshere has still been England's best peformer today, though, and he almost slips Darren Bent through again here with a glorious pass. Diego Benaglio is off his line quickly to smother the ball as the Aston Villa striker runs clear.

Yellow card
1806: Jack Wilshere becomes the first England player to be booked for a lunging challenge on Tranquillo Barnetta. That was late and high.

1805: Xherdan Shaqiri has a pop too, but again Joe Hart saves comfortably. Less than half an hour to go at Wembley and we are level at 2-2.

1803: Leighton Baines and James Milner are combining well down the left flank for England, and Switzerland do well to clear a driven Baines cross with Darren Bent lurking. It is the Swiss who break forward though, with a man over, but Blerim Dzemaili wastes what looked a promising move by shooting woefully wide.

1801: A first change for Switzerland. Valon Behrami has an ankle injury and is coming off, to be replaced by ex-Bolton midfielder Blerim Dzemaili.

Internationals Danny: "One early result to bring you from Group B. Russia hit back from a goal down to beat Armenia 3-1 - Roman Pavlyuchenko with a hat-trick for Russia. That puts Russia three points clear at the top of a tight group, with the Republic of Ireland playing Macedonia later on."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England's tempo much better in the second half - and the fact that Ashley Young scored five minutes after coming on only highlights the folly of Fabio Capello's decision not to start him. Inexplicable from the England coach."

1759: England are on top at the moment but this game is still in the balance. Xherdan Shaqiri tries his luck for Switzerland from long range, and his shot is deflected but is still easily dealt with by Joe Hart.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm much happier. The start of this half has shown what England should be about: movement, inter-changing positioning and a great goal. If England can continue playing like this they will win the game."

TheOyeTimes on Twitter: "As a Man Utd fan, I wonder how much that goal has added to Ashley Young's price tag?"

1755: Gulp. Switzerland have got another free-kick, and we know what happened the last two times that happened... Not on this occasion, though. Xherdan Shaqiri, not Tranquillo Barnetta, flights it in and Joe Hart is off his line to collect confidently.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
England goal: This is a cracking goal. From a quick throw-in, James Milner clips the ball into the area and Leighton Baines chests it into the path of Ashley Young to bury a precise first-time strike into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area. All-square again at Wembley, and just what England required.

1752: GOALFLASH England 2-2 Switzerland (Young)

1751: Ashley Young has seen plenty of the ball since coming on but is not having much joy with the Swiss defence as of yet. The visitors are sitting very deep at the moment, but then they are ahead - so they can afford to.

1748: England go straight on the attack and Theo Walcott makes for goal but is stopped in his tracks on the edge of the box by a sliding Johan Djourou challenge. The home fans want a penalty, but Slovenian referee Damir Skominam is having none of it. No foul given.

Whistle
1747: England get the second half started. A big improvement needed.

m_squared21 on Twitter: "That first Swiss goal was cheap but forgiveable. The second was an unmitigated shambles. sort it out England."

1745: By the way, I hope everyone who was having trouble getting into the ground made it to their seats for that flurry of goals. You'd be pretty unhappy if you were still outside when all that happened.

1744: News from Wembley. England are making a half-time change: Ashley Young is coming on for Frank Lampard.

OptaJoe on Twitter: "3 - Switzerland are the only nation yet to have scored against England in Euro 2012 qualifying, netting three times so far. Threat."

notscientific on Twitter: "Can't believe people are blaming Hart for the second goal. The wall is there for a reason, you know. "

RobCrisp134 on Twitter: "I expect Sepp Blatter is enjoying the football at the moment... "

1735: It's not been dull has it? Switzerland's first goal wasn't pretty from an England point of view but their second one was even worse. James Milner and Jack Wilshere disappear from the wall as Tranquillo Barnetta whips the ball in from a tightish angle and Hart for some reason uses his feet to try to hack it clear from his near post. He failed, obviously. Thoughts on where England go now will probably involve the introduction of Ashley Young, I should think.

Half time
1732: HALF-TIME: England 1-2 Switzerland
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Wembley:
"Switzerland fully deserved their lead - no matter that it was gifted to them back England's shocking defending and goalkeeper Joe Hart - but Fabio Capello will be mightily relieved Frank Lampard's penalty has provided the foundations for the start of a recovery."

Yellow card
1730: Valon Behrami is booked for bringing down James Milner, making him the second Swiss to be shown yellow after Johan Djourou. That means a free-kick to England, about 25 yards out, which Frank Lampard blazes horribly off target. A real waste.

From Tom in Portsmouth, via text: "Now I know Hart should not be getting beaten for that second goal, but what is Milner doing breaking away from the wall! Schoolboy error, proving why he shouldn't have been selected."

MFCKAMBO on Twitter: "You have to credit the Swiss, they can play a bit can't they? Englands pressing is all wrong, not pressing together."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "22 - England have conceded more than one goal for only the second time in their last 22 competitive home internationals. Stunned."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Wembley: "What a lifeline for England that Frank Lampard penalty is. Wembley was stunned by those two quick Tranquillo Barnetta free-kicks but now hope has returned. Not sure how long the inquest into the Swiss goals will take - that lethal cocktail of dreadful defending and awful goalkeeping from Joe Hart."

1726: This match was already lively enough, but it is thrill-a-minute now. England are on the hunt for a leveller and Darren Bent would have been through on goal had he not been (incorrectly) called offside as he chased James Milner's pass. Five minutes left until the break.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "I dread to think what would have happened if England had gone into half-time 2-0 down."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Someone has won a penalty
England goal: Just the response a shell-shocked England needed. Straight from the reastart, Johan Djourou brings down Jack Wilshere in the box after his surging run and Frank Lampard steps up to fire home from the spot... he got a bit lucky though, because Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio almost got something on his shot.

1722: GOALFLASH England 1-2 Switzerland (Lampard pen)

1721: PENALTY TO ENGLAND

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Switzerland goal: What the!? Another free-kick for Tranquillo Barnetta, again from the left, and another goal for Switzerland. This time Barnetta's strike goes straight through the England wall and Joe Hart is unable to get across in time to keep it out.

1720: GOALFLASH England 0-2 Switzerland (Barnetta)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Switzerland goal: Oh dear. Glen Johnson concedes a needless foul and Tranquillo Barnetta stands over a free-kick about 30 yards out on the left. When he bends it in, the ball flies straight over a crowd of players and bounces past a wrong-footed Joe Hart on its way into the corner of the net. A wake-up call for England? It has to be.

1717: GOALFLASH England 0-1 Switzerland (Barnetta)

1716: Yep, here comes Leighton Baines. A sad end to Ashley Cole's 88th appearance for England, which saw him equal Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard as England's seventh-highest cap-winner.

1715: Ashley Cole is still limping, and it surely won't be long until Leighton Baines replaces him at left-back. This is better from England, though, and Jack Wilshere is seeing a bit more of the ball now.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "England are too static, it is a disappointing performance and there needs to be more movement out there. It's an open game but England are too static."

1713: Theo Walcott fires in a rather lame cross from a good position on the right, but Frank Lampard does rather better from the same flank when Switzerland fail to clear. Rio Ferdinand, who is still up following a corner, gets on the end of his curling ball in but his header lands on the roof of the net.

themarkgodfrey on Twitter: "Compared to Barca's mastery in possession last weekend, England are like dogs chasing a balloon."

1710: Fair to say England have lost their way a little bit of late... but they have just had their best spell of possession for a while. Glen Johnson and Theo Walcott combine well down the right and when the cross eventually comes in, James Milner meets it at the back stick but cannot direct his header on target.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Two of the coaching world's elder statesmen stand yards apart in the technical area - and England coach Fabio Capello and Switzerland counterpart Ottmar Hitzfeld are watching their teams produce an entertaining spectacle. Switzerland having some joy against England's defence but Theo Walcott and James Milner not as involved as Capello would want them."

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "The middle three England players are very close together and they are not playing with enough width. They are not stretching Switzerland. The Swiss just look a much better organised team and their passing and movement is very good."

1707: More Swiss pressure. They work the ball out to another of their promising youngsters, Xherdan Shaqiri, wide on the right and he bends in a curling shot that Joe Hart has to push away. Gokhan Inler has a pop soon afterwards, but his effort is a long way wide.

1705: About 10,000 fans are still outside apparently, and having to wait because it takes a bit of time to get through the turnstiles. They've missed an entertaining first 20 minutes, but no goals despite a couple of half-chances for both teams.

iaincannell on Twitter: "Switzerland aren't that bad, they have quality across the entire midfield in Barnetta, Inler, Behrami and most notably Shaqiri."

1702: Ashley Cole looks in a bit of trouble here, after being caught by a hefty challenge by Reto Ziegler. He is limping on at the moment but not moving too quickly. Leighton Baines is warming up on the touchline.

1700: Hopefully the people outside the ground will get inside quickly, because this is a decent game. It's end to end stuff at the moment with Switzerland and then England quickly breaking forward. Two heavy touches by Valon Behrami and Theo Walcott ended both moves before they could develop into chances, though.

BBC Radio 5 live
Former England manager Graham Taylor at Wembley on BBC Radio 5 live: "I've enjoyed the early stages because there has been chances at either end. It is unusual for a game to start so openly especially at international level and England need to be careful. To me it looks like there is going to be goals in this game."

1657: England have more defending to do when Xherdan Shaqiri bends in a free-kick from the right. England clear their lines but the ball is pumped back towards goal, for Eren Derdiyok to slam wastefully over the bar.

From John, in a queue waiting to get onto ground, via text: "Re 1643. Hundreds in queues outside entrances. Officials no idea what's going on. Crowd getting very frustrated out here."

From James outside Wembley, via text: "Re 1643. There are thousands of fans outside queueing chanting 'we want our money back'. I've been here for half an hour and have barely moved. Amateur organisation. What's the score by the way?"

1654: A bit of a scare for England. Gokhan Inler lets fly from 25 yards out and the ball takes a big deflection off Rio Ferdinand, meaning Joe Hart has to change direction to make a sprawling save. Eren Derdiyok is following up too, but his effort is blocked and he was offside in any case.

1652: And that is the cue for Switzerland's best moment of the match. A neat passing move ends when the ball falls for Eren Derdiyok inside the box but he doesn't get hold of his shot and Joe Hart falls gratefully on the ball.

1650: Plenty of possession for the England midfielders in the early stages and they are trying to free runners like Darren Bent and James Milner whenever possible. We are only five minutes in but this is a promising start by Fabio Capello's men.

1649: England's first attack sees Darren Bent beat the offside trap, but his low cross from the left is cleared. The home side are still pressing, though, and Glen Johnson is unlucky as he gets on the end of Frank Lampard's corner at the far post, but Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio and his defence eventually scramble clear.

1647: Granit Xhaka doesn't take long to make his presence felt, with a rock-solid (sorry) challenge on Glen Johnson. He was late, though, so that's a free-kick.

Whistle
1646: Here we go. Switzerland get us under way.

chriswilson789 on Twitter: "Milner to defy critics and score a brace - missed him so much at Villa last year. Money's on a Walcott goal as well."

1644: Kick-off is fast approaching, in fact it is just seconds away. Give this page a manual refresh and (if you are in the UK) you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

1643: A few empty seats visible at Wembley (and not just in the corporate areas), perhaps surprising considering this game is a sell-out. A few late arrivals still soaking up the rays outside? Still a decent atmosphere by the sounds of things, though.

1640: Right then. Both teams have now emerged into the late afternoon sun and we are about to hear the anthems.

1637: The players are in the tunnel at Wembley... by the way, if Slovenian referee Damir Skominam rings a bell, it's because he sent off Rob Green during England's defeat in Ukraine during their World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign.

SoccerTopsNet on Twitter: "Forget about Jack Wilshere. Granit Xhaka for Switzerland is just 18 and has played just 18 career league games!"


Big things are expected from the Kosovan-born FC Basel midfielder... but it is a big ask for him to make an impact today.

ENGLAND v SWITZERLAND TEAM NEWS
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley:
"Three changes for England from their last Euro 2012 qualifying win against Wales in Cardiff - but one major talking point. Ashley Young was outstanding in that 2-0 win but Manchester City's James Milner surprisingly gets the nod ahead of him from coach Fabio Capello. Rio Ferdinand is back alongside John Terry in central defence while Theo Walcott returns for the suspended Wayne Rooney. Granit Xhaka makes his debut for Switzerland in midfield, while Eren Derdiyok gets the nod up front ahead of international newbies Innocent Emeghara and Admir Mehmedi. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is looking to bridge the striking gap caused by the retirements of Alexander Frei and Marco Streller."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "18 - England have lost just one of their last 18 internationals against Switzerland in all competitions (1-2, May 1981). Favourites."

Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, under pressure following his side's poor start to their qualifying campaign, on his side's chances at Wembley: "The pressure in every game is on the favourite so we have nothing to lose. No one expects us to win. We want to show and prove that we still must count on Switzerland in this qualification. England can lose a lot. I wonder how England will cope with the pressure that will be on them tomorrow? I have a good feeling too. Training has been good all week and the players want to make up for their performances in the past that were not that good."

rpcompaneros on Twitter: "Is there any truth in the rumour that Rooney is not playing today as he's signed for Barnet?"


Rooney is suspended today, after picking up his second yellow card of this qualification campaign for a, erm, hair-raising challenge on Joe Ledley during England's win over Wales in March.

sigs_on_fire on Twitter: "You can't underestimate the Swiss, look what we did to Spain at the World Cup!"



England v Switzerland line-ups
England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole, Parker, Lampard, Wilshere, Walcott, Milner, Bent. Subs: Green, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, Young, Downing, Zamora.
Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Ziegler, Behrami, Barnetta, Inler, Shaqiri, Derdiyok, Xhaka. Subs: Wolfli, Von Bergen, Emeghara, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Mehmedi, Margairaz.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

It's sunny
1618: Just under half-an-hour to go until kick-off at a sunny (and sold-out) Wembley. Lots of chat about James Milner, but does anyone fancy the Swiss to cause England problems today?

From (a different) anon via text: "Re anon. No mate, it was Tevez who got Man City into the Champions League. Not Barry or Milner."

1614: Fighting talk there from Senderos, although I'm sure he is well aware that one of the reasons the Swiss have a "fresh new side" is that two of their best players have just retired from international football. Captain and record goalscorer Alex Frei (who had scored 42 goals in 84 internationals) and fellow striker Marco Streller both called it quits following a goalles draw with Bulgaria in April. Switzerland, who called up a raft of untried youngsters into their squad, essentially need to win today to keep their qualification hopes alive. Anything else and like Wales they will soon be talking about building for the 2014 World Cup.

Fulham's Swiss defender Philippe Senderos, who reckons England are already thinking about heading to the beach: "It's up to us to ruin the England players' summer holidays. They are certain to approach the game already thinking about going away. We want to pull off a shock and mess them up. We have a fresh new side and feel like we are at the start of something new."

Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Just to confirm to all my followers I have had a hair transplant. I was going bald at 25 why not. I'm delighted with the result. My head is bruised still. I promise you all I will send a pic on Monday morning when bruising goes."

From anon via text: "Re markedwards7. The reason that Barry and Milner are in the squad is that they got Man City into the Champions League, which seems like a pretty good reason to me!"

England manager Fabio Capello on his side's preparations for the visit of the Swiss: "This week, in training, the players have been like children wanting to play. They have been really happy, and that is so important. I learned a lot from the World Cup. What happened there, with the physical situation, surprised me. They were really, really tired where, before, we had played well and fast. When we arrived at the World Cup we were tired. So, if we qualify for the Euros, I want the players to go on holiday for a minimum of 10 days before joining up. This week they have been absolutely fresh."

1606: Lest we forget, this time last year we were eagerly looking forward to the start of England's World Cup campaign in South Africa. You might remember that it didn't go so well... We are still talking about Capello's team selections, of course, but has anything changed? Here's Fabio to tell us...

KJDerby on Twitter: "Personally would have gone with Young over Milner, has played well for Villa this year and also has the connection with Bent."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Lots of chat about the absent Wayne Rooney and his new hair transplant. Wonder did he ask for a "Fabio Capello"? Could do a lot worse. But will Rooney whip the transplant off for Sir Alex' Ferguson's half-time "hairdryer"?"

markedwards7 on Twitter: "How do Barry and Milner get in the England squad?! Please answer me this! It is beyond me!!!"


It's not just Milner that you lot aren't happy with then? Barry's not starting today, mind.

1558: Before I forget, a quick mention for Wales. Their fans will have given up any realistic hope of reaching the finals in Ukraine/Poland next summer long ago but their elimination becomes official if England and Montenegro both win today. Gary Speed's side, who are not back in competitive action until September, have lost all four of their qualifiers so far.

1556: It just wouldn't be a Saturday in football without a wheelbarrow-load of stats, so it is just as well that Infostrada Sports haven't gone on their holidays yet. This will be Fabio Capello's 37th match as England manager. He has won 24, drawn 6 and lost 6, keeping 12 clean sheets and only Walter Winterbottom (25 wins) has won more of his opening 36 matches as their manager. Oh, and England have failed to win in their last three matches at Wembley - drawing with Montenegro, losing to France and drawing with Ghana. If they fail to win today it will be their longest run without a victory at Wembley in 30 years since a five-match streak from March to May 1981. Finally, this will be John Terry's 30th match as captain. He is the seventh post-war captain to reach this milestone.

1554: By the way, a fair few qualifiers took place on Friday night, with Germany extending their lead in Group A thanks to a late Mario Gomez winner against Austria. Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano both scored as Italy thumped Estonia to stay to top of Group C, but France needed an equaliser from Florent Malouda to earn a point against Belarus after falling behind to an Eric Abidal own goal.

1551: Dav_Man was merely the first of many. James Milner's inclusion seems to be the big talking point concerning this England line-up. A few of you expected to see Ashley Young get the nod. Me too.

ENGLAND v SWITZERLAND (1645 BST)
Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Wembley:
"England and coach Fabio Capello hope to end the season by taking another step towards Euro 2012 qualification with victory against Switzerland at Wembley. Wayne Rooney's suspension, providing a window of opportunity to undergo his now famous hair transplant, gives Darren Bent another chance to demonstrate his growing maturity at international level after three goals in his last three England games. Switzerland will be stubborn opponents under the expert guidance of veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, but England will be firm favourites to secure another important three points."

Dav_Man on Twitter: "I'm surprisingly furious about that England selection! That in itself is annoying me. Milner? Of Man City reserves? Honestly?"


Nothing wrong with a bit of anger Dav_Man. Best to get it out of your system while you can.

whereswalters1 on Twitter: "Here's to Championship new-boy Scotty Parker to steal the show with a goal and a dominant performance. Come on England!"

1543: Today is pretty much your last chance to slate/praise players/managers/officials/me for a good few weeks (until the women's World Cup anyway) so I want you to make the most of it. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCFootball please. Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

1541: What else is happening today then? How about eight other Euro 2012 qualifiers spread out over the course of the afternoon and evening, and a sprinkling of friendlies too, including Brazil versus the Netherlands (2000 BST)... in a game that makes my mouth water just typing it out (it will probably be a 0-0 bore draw mind). None of the other home nations are in action but the Republic of Ireland play Macedonia in Group B (2030 BST) and Montenegro, England's rivals at the top of Group G, host Bulgaria (1930 BST). Tidy.

1538: BREAKING ENGLAND TEAM NEWS
I'm not lying either. This is the England team to face Switzerland today: Hart; G Johnson, Cole, Ferdinand, Terry; Parker, Walcott, Lampard, Wilshere, Milner; Bent.

1533: Yep, hold on to your hats, or (if you are Wayne Rooney) your hair transplants, because we are back on the road to Poland/Ukraine this afternoon. As you've probably heard, Roo, who is suspended for today's game, has been thatched (this may or may not be a genuine picture of his new do) and goalkeeper David Stockdale has got hitched but the rest of Fabio Capello's men are looking to sign off in style before their campaign resumes in September. Hair we go then.

1530: Hello. You thought the season had finished, didn't you? And you were right. But, before we head into a soccer-free summer, let's make the most of one final football fix. England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland is coming right up...




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Euro 2012 qualifying results

4 Jun 2011 23:59 UK

  • England2-2SwitzerlandFT
  • Greece3-1Malta
    FT
  • Iceland0-2Denmark
    FT
  • Latvia1-2Israel
    FT
  • Macedonia0-2Rep of Ireland
    FT
  • Montenegro1-1Bulgaria
    FT
  • Portugal1-0Norway
    FT
  • Russia3-1Armenia
    FT
  • Slovakia1-0Andorra
    FT

see also
Latest scores from qualifiers
04 Jun 11 |  Football
England v Switzerland photos
04 Jun 11 |  Football


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