Switzerland 0-2 England: How Roy Hodgson's side rated

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Basel
England team to face Switzerland
Wayne Rooney was installed as England captain following Steven Gerrard's international retirement earlier this summer

England began their qualification campaign for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win away to Switzerland - arguably their toughest fixture in Group E.

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, who took the place of the injured Daniel Sturridge in the starting line-up, scored both goals, but the Swiss came close to finding the net themselves in an entertaining encounter.

Who amongst Roy Hodgson's side impressed and who left themselves in danger of demotion?

Joe Hart


Excellent night for England's number one. Made two excellent saves from Haris Seferovic at crucial times and his handling was secure throughout.

Ex-England full-back Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live: "Absolutely exceptional. His distribution put England on the breakaway two or three times and he made a fabulous save from Seferovic's shot in the first half, having had little to do beforehand."

Did you know? Kept only his second clean sheet in his last five competitive games for England.

England's John Stones


Everton's youngster - playing out of position at right-back - understandably stuck to playing it safe. One or two incorrect positional decisions and tired late on but one for the future and he will learn a lot from this.

Mills: "He looks like he is lacking a little self-belief, he needs to believe in himself a little bit more."

Did you know? Had the lowest pass completion of any England outfield player against Switzerland (68%).

Phil Jones


Nowhere near convincing as an international-class central defender. Fortunate that Joe Hart rescued one first-half error and uncertain throughout.

Mills: "He seems to be caught on his heels an awful lot and that means that he looks sluggish when people are running at him."

Did you know? Jones was making only his third competitive appearance for England and remains unbeaten with a win and two draws.

Gary Cahill


Vital contribution when he cleared off the line from Josip Drmic in the second half, after the Swiss striker had been allowed to play on, to ensure England stayed on level terms.

Mills: "His goal-line clearance after Josip Drmic rounded Joe Hart was true defending."

Did you know? Made more goal-line clearances in this game (one) than in his entire 2013-14 Premier League campaign.

Leighton Baines


Shaky start, but improved rapidly to make an impression in attack as well. Will do his confidence good after a spell of poor form.

Mills: "He looked a little uneasy. He didn't get his touch going in the first half."

Did you know? Baines was caught offside for the third time in his England career.

Fabian Delph


Eventful full debut for Aston Villa's midfield man. Excellent on the ball but a real adventure off it. Could have been sent off in the first half but can be very satisfied with his contribution.

Mills: "He came into the game with a massive amount of adrenaline, which led to the early booking, but the energy he brings is great to see. He might make the odd mistake, but his energy is contagious."

Did you know? Completed all of his 26 passes in the first half, ending the game with a rate of 96%.

Jack Wilshere


Solid night's work at the base of England's diamond. Never spectacular but played his part.

Mills: "I'm not sure about that holding role for Jack Wilshere."

Did you know? Wilshere has completed 90 minutes in only two of his 22 England appearances.

Jordan Henderson


Roy Hodgson said he was playing Henderson as an old-fashioned right-half, which is not designed to get the best out of him but the Liverpool midfielder got through his usual prodigious workload.

Mills: "He put in a good shift down the right and helped John Stones by providing plenty of cover."

Did you know? Ended on the winning side in a competitive England game for the first time.

Raheem Sterling


Crucial to England as manager Roy Hodgson must surely persist with this shape, using Sterling at the tip of a diamond. Pace, strength and a perfect cross for Danny Welbeck's first goal.

Did you know? Has two goals and two assists in five games for club and country this season.

Danny Welbeck

DANNY WELBECK (FORWARD) 8 - Man of the match

Guilty of choosing the wrong option when he wasted a first-half chance to shoot and delivered a poor cross instead, but made the vital contributions to get England off to a winning start with the two goals.

Mills: "He still had the energy and pace to get up the other end of the pitch in the 93rd minute and get his second."

Did you know? Has now scored 10 goals for England, the same number as Paul Gascoigne.

Wayne Rooney


Led from the front, worked hard and looked at home in England's formation, surrounded by strong runners and pace. Played a key part in Welbeck's first goal.

Mills: "Not perfect by any means, but he works very hard and produced a pass for Raheem Sterling for the first goal. I think it is ridiculous that people think he shouldn't be in the team."

Did you know? Created four chances in this game, more than any other player and the most he has managed since playing against Chile last year.


JAMES MILNER (MIDFIELDER) 5 - for Jack Wilshere on 72 minutes

Very quiet and not much time to make an impact.

Did you know? Won his 50th cap, one more than Sir Geoff Hurst has.

PHIL JAGIELKA (DEFENDER) 6 - for Phil Jones on 77 minutes

Made some crucial clearances as Switzerland tried to apply pressure late on.

Did you know? Made six clearances in only 13 minutes as a late sub.

RICKIE LAMBERT (FORWARD) 6 - for Wayne Rooney on 90 minutes

Brief appearance but still time to set up Welbeck for his second.

Did you know? Created England's second goal with his only touch of the game.

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