Euro Under-21 Qualifying
England U21England U213Switzerland U21Switzerland U211

England U21 3-1 Switzerland U21

England goal
Duncan Watmore was involved in all three England goals after coming on as a 75th-minute substitute

Substitute Duncan Watmore inspired England as they came from behind to beat Switzerland in a 2017 Under-21 European Championship qualifier.

Shani Tarashaj put the visitors ahead when he reached Denis Zakaria's pass before home goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

James Ward-Prowse equalised with a penalty after Sunderland's Watmore was fouled by away keeper Yvon Nganoma.

Watmore scored with a deflected shot before he set up Chuba Akpom to side-foot in a third goal in injury time.

The result ensures Gareth Southgate's side move three points clear at the top of their qualifying group halfway through their eight-match campaign.

The hosts only had one shot on target in the first half and fell behind in the 45th minute, before the 75th-minute introduction of striker Watmore changed the game.

Despite only being on for 15 minutes, he scored once and made the other two goals as England won for the 21st time in 25 matches since Southgate took over in August 2013.

Only the top team in each of the nine groups is guaranteed a place in the tournament in Poland with the best four second-placed sides meeting in two play-offs to decide the last two spots.

England play their next group match on Saturday, 26 March with the return game in Switzerland.

U21 Euro Championship qualifying: Group Nine
1. England431071610
2. Norway42115327
3. Switzerland42116517
4. Kazakhstan410337-43
5. Bosnia-Herzegovina401327-51

England manager Gareth Southgate: "Switzerland are a well-organised team and good one. We had played well up to a point but to find that edge late on showed tremendous character.

"With all the changes to the squad and to come back like that is a great credit to everyone involved in the group. The players will learn that there are different ways to win football matches.

"Sometimes you have to try different things and we had to give Switzerland different problems and the reaction from Chuba and Duncan to come on and play like that has been fantastic.

"There are 14 players that might have been here but you focus on the guys that are here and this was a great lesson for the boys."

England v Switzerland
A minute's silence was held as both sides paid their respects to the victims of the Paris attacks
England's starting line-up against Switzerland included five players on Chelsea's books
Switzerland goal
Shani Tarashaj's goal was the first England had conceded in their Under-21 European Championship qualifying group
Shani Tarashaj
Switzerland goalscorer Tarashaj was carried off after colliding with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford while scoring the game's first goal


England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Iorfa
  • 5Chambers
  • 6ChalobahBooked at 80mins
  • 3Targett
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 4Baker
  • 11MarchSubstituted forAkpomat 58'minutes
  • 10Loftus-CheekSubstituted forWatmoreat 75'minutes
  • 7Swift
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 86'minutes


  • 12Aina
  • 13Walton
  • 14Cargill
  • 15Forster-Caskey
  • 16Watmore
  • 17Akpom
  • 18Woodrow

Switzerland U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1MvogoBooked at 82mins
  • 2Hadergjonaj
  • 4Akanji
  • 5Gülen
  • 3AnghaBooked at 80mins
  • 8ZakariaSubstituted forAjetiat 88'minutes
  • 6Bertone
  • 10ArazSubstituted forCustodio da Costaat 62'minutes
  • 11TarashajSubstituted forUnterseeat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Tabakovic
  • 7García


  • 12Salvi
  • 13Wüthrich
  • 14Untersee
  • 15Custodio da Costa
  • 16Follonier
  • 17Khelifi
  • 18Ajeti
Andreas Ekberg

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 3, Switzerland U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 3, Switzerland U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chuba Akpom.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Baker (England U21).

  5. Post update

    Manuel Akanji (Switzerland U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 3, Switzerland U21 1. Chuba Akpom (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Duncan Watmore.

  7. Booking

    Joel Untersee (Switzerland U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Matt Targett (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joel Untersee (Switzerland U21).

  10. Post update

    Dominic Iorfa (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ulisses García (Switzerland U21).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland U21. Albian Ajeti replaces Denis Zakaria.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Dominic Solanke.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 2, Switzerland U21 1. Duncan Watmore (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! England U21 1, Switzerland U21 1. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  16. Booking

    Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Penalty England U21. Duncan Watmore draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Yvon Mvogo (Switzerland U21) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Booking

    Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Martin Angha (Switzerland U21) is shown the yellow card.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 16th November 2015

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