LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: England manager Fabio Capello looks on with Rio Ferdinand during the England training session ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Euro 2012 Qualifying: England Vs. Switzerland

England face off against third-place Switzerland in the fifth game of their Euro 2012 qualification campaign. Can they earn a vital win at Wembley Stadium?

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England Vs. Switzerland, Final Score: Disappointing 2-2 Draw At Wembley For England

Well that game certainly could have turned out better for England. Why Fabio Capello refused to play Ashley Young from the beginning is a complete and utter mystery to me - there's absolutely no reason for James Milner or Theo Walcott to have started with Young on the bench. The match began with Switzerland dominating a midfield with both Frank Lampard and Scott Parker off their games, and it came as no shock when the visitors went ahead, a Tranquilo Barnetta free kick coupled with errors from Rio Ferdinand and Joe Hart sending Switzerland into a 1-0 lead, which was quickly doubled thanks to a free kick by Barnetta and errors from Milner and Hart.

Frank Lampard pulled one back from the penalty spot just after the second goal, but England were still looking very much second best as the first half ended, at which point Young came on and immediately changed the game. He scored in the 51st minute after a lovely chest down from fellow substitute Leighton Baines, and he was generally running around and causing havoc all half. England had a number of opportunities to grab the win and three points (mostly spurned by Darren Bent, who was immediately branded a complete failure by England fans) but ultimately the hosts couldn't find that critical third goal.

With Montenegro in action later in the day and expecting a win, England could easily see themselves second in the group by tomorrow. A huge waste for Fabio Capello's side, but full credit to the Swiss for putting up such a strong fight - even if their goals were mostly enabled by England being utter pants for 45 minutes.


England Vs. Switzerland: Ashley Young Scores Early In 2nd Half, 2-2 At Wembley

So does someone want to explain why Ashley Young wasn't starting again? England are level early in the second half and it's a brilliant strike from the Aston Villa man, who came in for Frank Lampard at halftime, with England switching to a 4-4-1-1. James Milner whips in a lovely cross for Leighton Baines to latch onto, and the Everton left back (who came on for Ashley Cole midway through the first half)  laid it off to Young via his chest, allowing the substitute to cream the ball first time from the edge of the box, bouncing the ball off Diego Benaglio's left-hand post to make the score 2-2.

England have been much better in the second half, but still don't look good enough to pull off a win here. With Capello already comitting two substitutes to the fray, there isn't a lot he can do to change things further. He'll just have to hope that Young continues to have a strong influence on the match


England Vs. Switzerland: Ashley Cole Injury, Tranquilla Barnetta Goals Dominate First Half

It's 2-1 Switzerland at halftime and it would be difficult to say it hasn't been deserved. England have been something close to abject, and their issues were compounded when Ashley Cole was forced off with an ankle injury midway through the half after taking a nasty kick to the bottom of the foot courtesy of Valon Behrami. Leighton Baines replaces him - the injury doesn't look terribly serious, however.

Anyway, soon after Cole was forced off, a ridiculous flurry of goals put Switzerland ahead 2-1. England weren't playing particularly well, but the two goals from the visitors were both the result of faintly ludicrous errors from the defence and Joe Hart. Twice Tranquillo Barnetta has scored straight off a free kick, once at his far post and once (far more hilariously) at the near post. Frank Lampard scored from the penalty shot shortly thereafter, but that wasn't enough to prevent the home fans from booing England as the half ended. The hosts have some real issues here - they're getting quite thoroughly outplayed.


England Vs. Switzerland: Flurry Of Goals Sees Switzerland 2-1 Up

Well that's not England's finest moment. A comedy of errors leads to Switzerland opening the scoring at Wembley Stadium, and as they've been the better side it's not really a surprise. Glen Johnson loses possession in his own third and Frank Lampard is forced to concede a (slightly dubious) free kick. Tranquillo Barnetta stands over the ball, and whips in a far post cross. Rio Ferdinand jumps to clear and completely misses the ball, leaving Joe Hart hopelessly wrong footed - he can do nothing about the ball bouncing in at the post.

1-0 Switzerland was not a state of affairs that would last particularly long. England were rattled, and Scott Parker conceded another foul close to the area and from a tight angle. Barnetta took again, firing towards Hart's near post, and an absolutely awful piece of goalkeeping sees the Manchester City man kick wildly at the ball and totally miss it, allowing the visitors to go 2-0 up.

Seconds later and England had pulled one back, with Frank Lampard converting (just about) from the penalty spot after Jack Wilshere was adjudged to have been fouled by club teammate Johan Djourou. The Chelsea midfielder's spot kick was awful, Diego Benaglio guessing the right way, but somehow the goalkeeper allowed the spot kick to squirm under him. So, it's 2-1 Switzerland very late in the first half. Not exactly the expected score.


England Vs. Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifying: Swiss Lineup

The Switzerland lineup is out, and it looks equal parts fun and confusing. Three true wingers are listed in Tranquillo Barnetta, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Valon Behrami, so someone is playing out of position. Our best guess is Barnetta moved inside to play as an attacking central midfielder, but it's merely an educated guess. The highlight of this lineup is the inclusion of Granit Xhaka, an extremely talented 18-year-old central midfielder from FC Basel. Here is the lineup.

Switzerland Lineup (4-2-3-1): Diego Benaglio; Stefan Lichtsteiner, Johan Djourou, Phillipe Senderos, Reto Ziegler; Granit Xhaka, Gohkan Inler; Tranquillo Barnetta, Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri; Eren Derdiyok 

Switzerland Bench: Marco Wolfli, Steve von Bergen, Innocent Emeghara, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Admir Mehmedi, Xavier Margairaz

Gelson Fernandes is the most experienced man on the bench, and could come in late to help Switzerland hold on to a desirable result. Strikers Admir Mehmedi and Innocent Emeghara would be interesting to see, as they are both relatively unknown quantities outside of Switzerland.


England Vs. Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifying: Three Lions Lineup

The England lineup is out for England's Euro 2012 Qualifying match against Switzerland, and there's only one surprise in Fabio Capello's side. Despite Ashley Young's great performance against Wales and Stewart Downing's great performances for Aston Villa this year, Capello has opted to start James Milner. This is almost certainly because of his defensive qualities, as Switzerland's wingers are their most dangerous players. Here is the lineup.

England lineup (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere; Theo Walcott, Darren Bent, James Milner

England Bench: Robert Green, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Bobby Zamora

It's great to see Bobby Zamora on the bench after recovering from injury. He's a much better than Darren Bent at holding up the ball, and could be a useful sub for Capello. Either Young or Downing is likely to feature in the match at some point as well.


England Vs. Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

Though all qualifying matches are important ahead of competitions like Euro 2012 or a world cup, this one is especially important for England. They're six points ahead of Switzerland in the table and they're currently tied with Montenegro at the top of the table. The Swiss are England's biggest rival as far as talent goes in this group, so a loss could be a big problem, as they would risk falling behind Montenegro while giving a good Switzerland team new life after an awful start. It will be worth watching, so we're going to tell you how! Here's the television schedule for the game.

Game Time: 4:45 pm local time (GMT), 11:45 am ET

Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Television schedule

United Kingdom: ITV 1

United States and most of the Caribbean: Fox Soccer Channel

Mexico and Central America: ESPN Dos

Ireland: Setanta Sports

If your country isn't listed above, leave a comment and we'd be happy to tell you where you can watch England vs. Switzerland.


Euro 2012 Qualifying: England Vs. Switzerland

When the groups for Euro 2012 qualifying were drawn up, it looked as though the main barrier between England and first place in Group G were going to be Switzerland, who had recently come off a World Cup campaign that included a win over eventual champions Spain. Four matches in, and Switzerland are already six points behind England (and, more surprisingly, six behind Montenegro), and now they must travel to Wembley Stadium to pick up three points in order to have much hope of qualifying. It's not going to happen.

England, frankly, are better than Switzerland, even if the expectation is that they play a weak team thanks to the absences of Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll up front, and to a lesser extent Michael Carrick in the midfield. We're probably going to see a 4-3-3 from England, with a back four of Ashley Cole, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Glen Johnson, while Scott Parker looks to continue his strong run by anchoring a trio alongside Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere.

Up front we may well see an all-Aston Villa line, with Darren Bent the only true number nine available to Fabio Capello. Club teammate Ashley Young is almost certain to start, while Stewart Downing and Arsenal's Theo Walcott battle it out for the third spot. It's a potent forward line and will probably trouble Switzerland, who are going to hope that England mimic their last home qualifier (against Montenegro) and play out to a 0-0 draw.

They're certainly not scoring - both of their international forwards that have been used of late have retired, leaving them with zero recognised strikers and only Erin Derdiyok realistically capable of playing up front. That may well lead to the Swiss taking on a naturally defensive strategy, which probably suits them better anyway. However, they do need a win, which will be difficult if they play park the bus.

Having already beaten Switzerland away, Capello's side will be confident that they can get a result at Wembley on Saturday. With England playing a more sensible shape, there's no reason that that can't happen. If they get a goal early, this could be a big result.

Time: 4:45 PM GMT (11:45 AM EST), Saturday June 4th

Location: Wembley Stadium, London.

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