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Tom Rostance

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  1. Post update

    Righto, that's it from us for now - see you tomorrow for Wales.

  2. Post update

    Capello's Russia helped to victory

    San Marino, England's next opponents in Group G, made a losing start as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Lithuania, while Estonia beat Slovenia 1-0.

    In Group G, Fabio Capello's Russia overcome Liechenstein 4-0 with the help of two own-goals and a penalty as they also look to bounce back from a dismal World Cup campaign.

    The unfortunate Franz Burgmeier scored the best of the own-goals just after half-time as Russia scored three times after the break.

    Austria and Sweden shared the points from a 1-1 draw in Vienna.

    Bayern Munich defender David Alaba puts the hosts ahead with an early penalty but the Swedes quickly levelled as Erkan Zengin fired home from a Zlatan Ibrahimović flick.

    Montenegro beat Moldova 2-0.

  3. Coming up on Tuesday

    Tomorrow sees Wales get in on the Euro 2016 action with a trip to face Andorra. Can they start with three points? You'll be able to find out right here.

  4. Post update

    Holders Spain up and running

    Elsewhere tonight in the Euro qualifiers, Spain shook off the disappointment of their lame World Cup defence by beating Macedonia 5-1 in Group C.

    The reigning European champions scored twice in as many minutes early on to set up an impressive victory in Valencia with Sergio Ramos cheekily converting from the penalty spot and debutant Paco Alcacer notching on his home ground.

    Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets scored his first international goal in his 69th game to make it 3-1 in first-half stoppage time after Macedonia had pulled one back from the spot.

    David Silva and Pedro Rodriguez, with a superb chip, then wrapped it up for Vicente del Bosque's side.

    In the same group, Slovakia won 1-0 against Ukraine in Kiev thanks to a goal from Róbert Mak.

    Luxembourg led Belarus before drawing 1-1.

  5. Text us on 81111

    Orlando in London: Welbeck hasn't put a smile on my face; had £2 in him to score the only goal at 50-1 then he goes and scores a second in the last minute. Even when England win they make me unhappy! Typical.

    Tom in Rugby: Does anyone else think the team looked much more balanced without Daniel Sturridge tonight? Welbeck's hunger and aggression in the tackle were key tonight, something you don't get with Sturridge. Can they both fit in the same team?

  6. Post update

    If anyone is contemplating going to Euro 2016 in France - regardless of whether England or any of the other home nations do qualify - it looks like a good one to get around at.

    There will be 10 venues used, from Lens in the north to Marseille in the south. Get your holiday requests in for June/July 2016...

  7. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Bailey: Roger Federer, H.R. Giger, William Tell, some bars of Toblerone....your boys took one hell of a beating!

    Antoine V: A lot made of the Swiss taking Argentina all the way in the WC. They did also get THUMPED 5-2 by France. Calm down everyone

    Luke: This is how we should have gone about the WC qualifiers. Play a young team that can mature together before the tournament.

  8. You cannot be serious!

    The football may be ticking down but the sport is set to rock on for hours yet.

    It's the final of the men's US Open, as Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic battle it out in New York.

    You can follow all the action here - or more importantly you can see pictures of Bob Dylan playing George Harrison. In jeans.

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark Wakerly: Do you reckon Roy Hodgson will be happy to discuss the stats of tonight's match

    Tom Miszkowski: Plenty of positives to take out of tonight, Hodgson has found a system that suits the players, hitting teams on the break

  10. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The World Cup was hopeless. It was absolutely diabolical. It's basically the same group of players, with a couple of retirements, and they have gone from diabolical to decent and respectable this evening. It's a long process but we have seen signs of positivity."

  11. Manager reaction

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Roy Hodgson

    England manger Roy Hodgson speaking to ITV Sport: "I thought the way we approached the game from the first minute was exactly what we wanted and we got our reward. We pressurised the ball well, but you need that first goal to get people to come out and attack you. From then I thought we looked dangerous and we had several chances to aggravate the scoreline before Danny Welbeck's second.

    "I think we can improve on how we see out the game, but you have to expect that some players will show a little naivety in that area."

  12. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    That was England's best away performance since, oooh, er, the last time they won in Switzerland.

    It may make the rest of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign a touch dull though, eliminating the jeopardy from the group...

  13. Flag it up

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring

    Are England's attackers learning semaphore? Danny Welbeck has put a smile plenty of faces tonight.

  14. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Alan Green

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Well done Roy Hodgson. He doesn't like criticism, he would have been hurt but he's come back tonight."

  15. Post update

    Don't come here with your logic and reason MNG. That won't wash round here.

  16. Text us on 81111

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    A note of caution from MNG: Great result but l seem to remember that qualifying has not been the issue. Performance AT the tournament is key.

  17. Player reaction

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Danny Welbeck

    England goalscorer Danny Welbeck speaking to ITV Sport: "We created a number of chances in the first half where the final pass was missing, but once we got the goal we were in control. I think it was a good team performance overall."

  18. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The defence is a bit of a worry. It was a bit panicky at times, but they will learn."

  19. Player reaction

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Wayne Rooney

    England captain Wayne Rooney speaking to ITV Sport: "We defended well as a team and took our chances, catching them on the break with the speed we had been hoping to show.

    "I think we knew the game against Norway on Wednesday was going to be difficult, but tonight was always going to be more important and we were focusing on that. We have worked on springing from defence to attack which you saw tonight. It was a happy performance from us."

  20. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Let's not forget that Joe Hart made two very good saves in the game, at crucial times too. It could have been different for England.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    OptaJoe: Wayne Rooney created four goalscoring chances vs Switzerland, twice as many as any other player in the game. Leader.

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Graham Jack Thirkill: Best England have been for as long as I can remember tonight. Rooney created the first goal superbly. Sterling is so exciting.

  23. Next up

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    What's next for England then? It's San Marino at Wembley on 9 October, followed by a trip to Estonia three days later.

  24. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Garry: Pleasantly surprised. Plenty of positives after a grim summer. Prefer #ENG in this shape. Pleased for Welbeck. Will win group.

    Dave Flood: England win in exciting, entertaining match. Pinch me I'm dreaming

    James Clarke: So basically we've qualified with nine games to spare

  25. Text us on 81111

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    England's win has, not surprisingly, gone down well.

    NP: Get in, what a win played as a team with every player looking happy to play for their country bit of spirit back in the side.

    Sam J from Oxford: This Swiss team took Argentina all the way in the World Cup knockouts. I appreciate that most England fans can never be happy, but I'm elated with a win here. Lots of positives for a very young team.

  26. Post update

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I said before the game I wanted England to show a bit of determination and man-up a little bit and they have done that.

    "It was like an old-fashioned England performance with a high tempo and having a go. The front three chased lost causes and that set the tempo.

    "I think on the balance of play that was a much better performance. There are still deficiencies but that was a massive improvement."

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Switzerland 0-2 England

    Every England game tends to be seen as a disaster or a triumph - so how do you take that win? Impressed? Still worried? What were the highlights?

    Let us know.

  28. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Fergus Alexson: This is why, as a united fan, I was gutted to see Welbeck go

    Henry: More impressive? Welbeck scoring twice or Wilshere NOT getting hurt?

    Stu Richards: Would it be too stereotypical to say that the Swiss never really got out of neutral tonight?


    Switzerland 0-2 England

    That's it. And England's toughest test in the group is aced.

  30. GOAL

    Switzerland 0-2 England - Danny Welbeck

    Clinical, clinical counter! Job very well done as Raheem Sterling releases Rickie Lambert, he takes his time to feed in Danny Welbeck on his left and the new Arsenal man buries it confidently, slotting into the corner. Gary Neville is in the air, Roy Hodgson gives it the double fist pump...

  31. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Wayne Rooney's performance: "I think he's done well. He's not been perfect by any means but he has worked very hard and produced that moment for the goal. He made the difference for the goal.

    "He has answered many of his critics this evening. Never mind the captaincy, people are saying he shouldn't be in the team. I think that's ridiculous."

  32. CLOSE!

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Jordan Henderson toes the ball away and Raheem Sterling is away. Bags of pace, all sorts of pace as he skips away down the flank, he then cuts inside and lashes over the bar from 20 yards. Excitement? He's got it.


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    We have FIVE MINUTES added on as James Milner does the 'think about it' sign to his team-mates. Rickie Lambert is immediately booked, I think for kicking the ball away.

  34. Elsewhere tonight

    Montenegro, who shared a couple of feisty games with England in Euro 2012 qualification, are 2-0 to the good against Moldova, Mirko Vucinic and Zarko Tomasevic.

    Luxembourg might have to wait for their first win in more than a year. Belarus has levelled up at 1-1 through Stanislav Dragun in Group C.


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Wayne Rooney is off as we tick into stoppage time - on comes Rickie Lambert. Win some headers, win some free-kicks and throws Rickie...

  36. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    England goalkeeper Joe Hart

    Keepers! Good claim from Joe Hart. Comes out, makes himself big and claims it well. Here comes Rickie Lambert.

  37. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Wayne Rooney doesn't give up on a lost cause and Danny Welbeck wins a corner from it. Good game management on display here. They're killing the game off pretty well.

  38. Post update

    Less of a text message, more a mission statement...

  39. Text us on 81111

    The longest ever text to appear in our live coverage? Quite probably.

    MJ: Watching #bbcfootball live reporting as it happens and having followed England for 45 years imagining the kick and rush, the mis-control, the rash tackles and the lack of class... Misses one end, lucky defending the other and bluster but not much else in midfield. Nothing changes. When will someone realise England's version of football is never going to beat teams where every player has to have the necessary skills to compete at the top level?

    England players simply don't. Can they pass accurately with both feet, retain possession and string passes together that stretch defences or frustrate opponents and panic them into mistake? The simple answer is NO. Can the top teams do that to England? YES and regularly. England simply don't have the necessary skills to match the real competition and the sooner supporters, players and administrators wake up to the fact and are honest about the team's limitations the better.

  40. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Switzerland trying to apply some late pressure here but England standing firm - with Raheem Sterling's pace giving them a devastating outlet on the break."

  41. Switzerland 0-1 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Anywhere else on the pitch and that's a foul. It's a scissor-type challenge and it should be a penalty."


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Good play from England again, Raheem Sterling at the heart of it with a fine first-time pass to pick out Jordan Henderson. His cross is palmed away, it rolls to Fabian Delph who is taken down by a sliding Johan Djourou.

    At first sight I thought that was a great challenge - but actually it should be a spot-kick. Rash from Djourou and unlucky for England. Good move though.

  43. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Into the last 10 minutes and Swiss replacement Josip Drmic looks very, very lively. The Bayer Leverkusen man looks a real threat. Phil Jagielka just gets a toe in and whips it away from him.

  44. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Optimism mounting? Reasons to be cheerful? What do you think? Call 0500 909693 and get involved.

  45. Switzerland 0-1 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "England have to be wary and maintain concentration. When you get tired the first thing that goes is the concentration and that will be key for the rest of the game."

  46. Elsewhere tonight

    Tim Cahill

    Meanwhile, Tim Cahill is back in England bundling in goals from close range. The New York Red Bulls midfielder, late of Everton and Millwall, scored the opener for Australia in a friendly against Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage.

    Crystal Palace defender Mile Jedinak has also found the net and the Socceroos are 2-0 up. A little under an hour gone.


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    I can't think of a better donkey for the England side than Lee Cattermole.

    Anyway, Phil Jones' hamstring finally gives up on him, and Phil Jagielka takes that role at centre-half. Phil for Phil change.

  48. Text us on 81111

    Jack Wilshere in action for England

    From Andy: Wilshere clearly isn't a defensive midfielder; Hodgson needs to make a decision between him and Delph on the left side of the diamond and call up a dedicated holding midfielder like Lee Cattermole to do the donkey work.


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    He was offside - clearly offside - but what a ball this is! Swiss sub Josip Drmic plays a magnificent pass with the outside of his foot and Haris Seferovic slams a volley against the crossbar. It wouldn't have counted but brilliant play nonetheless.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ian Marks: Swiss players moaning to the referee about handball as if their striker wasn't offside at all

  51. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    That change has now seen Jordan Henderson move into the centre of the midfield and James Milner on the right. Energy, energy...

  52. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "When did scoring goals become so difficult?............There you go. Not so difficult after all."


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Fifty caps (50) for James Milner as he replaces Jack Wilshere. He is the man to see games out, he's made a career out of it.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage

    "Joe Hart - England's best player tonight."

  55. Text us on 81111

    Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring for England

    Nick in London: Romania held on. Albania held on...Come on England!!!

  56. CLOSE!

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Gary Cahill to the rescue! Swiss sub Josip Drmic looks slightly offside as he gets in behind England, one on one, he skips round a slipping Joe Hart and has the goal at his mercy - but Cahill makes a sliding block on the line.

    Brilliant defending, but the Swiss want a penalty as the ball hits his arm on the floor. It would be very harsh...

  57. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Raheem Sterling does it again, brilliant run as he beats two men for strength and pace before skipping into the box. He goes to shoot but Stephan Lichtsteiner makes a fine block.

    At the corner, Phil Jones pings a hamstring.

  58. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's been a massive improvement from the World Cup and obviously what it was against Norway."

  59. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Sloppy, sloppy from Jack Wilshere. As careless as it gets, chipping the ball straight to a red shirt and Switzerland counter at pace, putting a dangerous cross into the box which Phil Jones stretches to hook clear.

  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    OptaJoe: Raheem Sterling assists his first goal for England in his ninth appearance for the nation. Blooming.

  61. Text us on 81111

    England celebrate scoring in Basel

    From Andrew: Danny Welbeck, goal machine! Arsenal fans must be licking their lips!

    Arsenal don't tend to score many shinners do they?


    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Bit of a switch for the Swiss as Admir Mehmedi is replaced by Josip Drmic. Another striker in the mixer. England have 25 minutes to see this one out.

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Yates: And due to Uefa's generous qualification system, I think England have qualified with that goal.....

    Hashim Albahbahani: Ok let's not get carried away but Rooney Welbeck Sterling is the new Holy Trinity.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: And its @Arsenal new boy Welbeck putting it home for England! 1-0 over Switzerland

  64. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "For all those people who criticised Wayne Rooney, not just as captain but for being in the team. That's why he's there. He picked the ball up in his own half, ran at the heart of the Swiss defence and laid the ball on a plate for Raheem Sterling, who put a brilliant ball in for Welbeck who gambled and got in that position.

    "The front three have deserved a lot of credit. It came off his shin but it doesn't matter how he scored it. He was in the position."

    Danny Welbeck scores for England
  65. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Raheem Sterling excites again, bursting forward down the left and spinning away from two men. He is the difference maker for England. Build the team around this lad.

  66. Elsewhere tonight

    Spain are working out their World Cup trauma against Macedonia. Manchester City playmaker David Silva has netted to make it 4-1 to the hosts in Valencia.

    Luxembourg, whose last competitive win came against Northern Ireland almost exactly a year ago, still lead Belarus 1-0 thanks to Lars Gerson's strike.

  67. Post update

    Switzerland 0-1 England

    Roy Hodgson was beaming as that ball hit the net. Quite right too, the three men at the apex of his diamond were all involved. What a big save from Joe Hart too, moments before the opener at the other end.

  68. Text us on 81111

    Charles: And that's why Wenger bought Welbeck.

  69. GOAL

    Switzerland 0-1 England - Danny Welbeck

    There's that end-to-end stuff as England forge ahead with a goal not unlike Daniel Sturridge's against Italy at the World Cup! Raheem Sterling nicks the ball back in midfield, plays a one-two and then gets on his bike down the left. Can Sterling deliver the cross? You bet.

    Wonderful ball in and Danny Welbeck is in there to score off his shinpad. £16m shins...


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Great save indeed! A real hammer of a strike from Haris Seferovic on his left side, hit like a dream, but Joe Hart watches it all the way, moves his feet well to push the ball away with a strong left wrist.

    It's end-to-end stuff, very watchable game for international football.

  71. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    It is in fact Gokhan Inler who takes it, whipped in and a shot at the back stick is charged down by Fabian Delph. England clear well again and Raheem Sterling is almost in on the counter. Great pace but well played Valon Behrami to track him.

  72. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Good volume in Basel now as both sides continue to look promising. Leighton Baines is clumsy and coughs up a free-kick in a dangerous position. Xherdan Shaqiri fancies it...

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joey Barton


    Can't miss chances like that at this level. Thats one great save and two decent opportunities spurned.

  74. Text us on 81111

    The performance of Phil Jones is splitting opinion

    Rob from Newbury: Jones has made ONE error. Cahill, Stones, and Baines have each made several. Sterling has been dreadful, Henderson non-existent.

    Steve via Twitter: How is Jones still on the pitch? What about Stoke man Ryan Shawcross?

  75. CLOSE!

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Better stuff from England as Jordan Henderson gets forwards for the first real time, he finds a team-mate too with a cutback from the right, Raheem Sterling takes a swing and misses the ball but it almost goes in off the shins of a Swiss defender behind him! Just a yard wide in the end but a good chance for Sterling.

  76. Feeling the heat?

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Haris Seferovic of Switzerland (right) and Phil Jones

    Tough first half for Phil Jones, who might feel right now like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Or just Haris Seferovic.

  77. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    And now a decent opening at the other end as the Swiss go full-back to full-back, Ricardo Rodriguez picks out Stephan Lichtsteiner arriving at pace, but the Juve man leans back and skies it into the stands. Good tempo to this one again.

  78. Text us on 81111

    Chris in Poole: Would Huddlestone be a better option at the base of the diamond than Wilshere? Anonymous. Needs to drop between the centre backs and dictate.

  79. CLOSE!

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Almost the opener for England! Neat and tidy play in midfield releases Jack Wilshere into the box, he gets a low shot off and it is deflected just wide of the far corner. Very, very close!

  80. KICK-OFF

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    And we are back under way.

  81. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    The players are back out, here we go...

  82. Trigger happy

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Wayne Rooney
  83. Text us on 81111

    Ben in Hemel: The criticism of Jones as a weak link is harsh when he consistently has to deal with Baines getting back too slowly and leaving him exposed

  84. Match stats

    Switzerland 0-0 England


    England shading all the areas that matter. Can they find a winner?

  85. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    OptaJoe: 100% - Fabian Delph completed all 26 of his passes in the first half vs Switzerland. Introduction.

  86. Post update

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: Very rare to see an England team with as many as nine players in their best position. Stones and Wilshere being the other two.

  87. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    I'm not sure what Jack Wilshere's best position is. Does he do enough for Arsenal and England?

  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joey Barton


    "England two great chances. Look more cohesive. Got to build on that 2nd half. Think that's Wilshere's best position. #conductor"


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The tempo has been good. There's been lots of energy and England have tried to do the right things and created four or five opportunities. They have to continue playing at this tempo and pace."

  90. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    England had three efforts on target in that half alone - three I tell you - but don't expect the gentleman and women of the press to tell Roy Hodgson that after the game...

  91. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Mixed bag from England. Some promising moments going forward but still look vulnerable in the centre of defence, where Phil Jones has struggled. Switzerland, at this stage, do not seem to pack a punch but still finely balanced."

  92. Elsewhere tonight

    Macedonia halve the deficit against Spain with Agim Ibraimi doing the business from 12 yards after Juanfran trips the tricky Aleksandar Trajkovski in the box. The hosts lead 2-1 in Valencia.

    Luxembourg have broken the deadlock against Belarus, Lars Gerson swivelling to fire in from five yards out.

    A solo effort from winger Arvydas Novikovas has put Lithuania 2-0 to the good away to San Marino while Robert Mak's goal has Slovakia ahead away to Ukraine.


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Fabian Delph

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    There goes the whistle. Lively enough stuff in Basel, both sides should have scored to be honest.

  95. Switzerland 0-0 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Really good save by Yann Sommer but maybe Phil Jones could have directed it more to the corner and that would have been England 1-0 up."


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    What a chance!

    First, Wayne Rooney spins away from danger to crack in a low shot and Yann Sommer has to spill it away in unorthodox style. And from the corner the aforementioned great of the game Phil Jones has a totally free header but Sommer pushes it away again. Top goalkeeping.

  97. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    'I have no idea where his best position is. He could play anywhere on the pitch. But he will be one of the best players we have ever had.'

    That was Sir Alex Ferguson on Phil Jones. Hmmmm......

  98. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Phil Jones has been a real weak link in England's defence and is fortunate his errors have gone unpunished so far. Better opposition than the Swiss would have made him pay."

  99. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Leighton Baines getting forward with vigour down the left-hand side but he wanders into an offside position when he has men in the middle. Disappointing end to a lively move.

  100. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    On the entertainment scale this is right up there in terms recent England matches. We've not had a goal but that's two or three decent chances and a few tasty tackles. The bar is low but this game is just about clearing it.

  101. Text us on 81111

    Alan, from Devon: And that's why Man Utd sold Welbeck, panics when he has too much time to think - in Van Gaal we trust.

  102. GREAT SAVE!

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Haris Seferovic of Switzerland (centre) challenges England's Jack Wilshere

    Got to score! Big chance for Switzerland this time as Phil Jones gives the ball away in a terrible area for England, dangerman Xherdan Shaqiri picks it up and drives in on goal.

    He then sends in Haris Seferovic, who is onside, on his left foot - but Joe Hart stands up well makes a big save. Phil Jones is a relieved man.

  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Blues Club Over 31's: Good run Welbeck, but surely he has to do better on the cross. Quality needed at this level.

  104. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    The Swiss win a corner which is half cleared and Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner hammers in the shot, catching it sweetly but always rising over the top.

  105. Switzerland 0-0 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Raheem Sterling in action for England

    "It was a really poor ball from Danny Welbeck in the end. It was like he got caught between two minds. He didn't know whether to pick out Rooney or lay it on a plate for Sterling and in the end didn't do either."

  106. (NOT SO) CLOSE!

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Got to score! Danny Welbeck flicks the ball around the corner and England have three men piling forwards! He flies down the right, he has Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling in the middle crying out for a tap-in - but Welbeck's ball across is poor. It is aimed at Sterling, who is in plenty of space, but fails to find him.

    The final ball was not good enough. Not for the final time I'm sure.

  107. Switzerland 0-0 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Fabian Delph: "Someone needs to get hold of him and have a word in his ear. The referee is doing it. He needs to be very, very careful. It won't take an awful lot for this referee to give him a red card."

  108. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    England have scored nine goals in their last 10 games, they could do with a 10th here. Leighton Baines whips in a good ball to the near post and Wayne Rooney heads it wide.

  109. Text us on 81111

    Fab news.....

    Andy in Armargh: Fabian Delph has really shown his big game inexperience at this level in these opening minutes. I have a real fear that he is going to see red tonight. He's walking a thin line already in this game.

    Mark, Newcastle: Isn't Delph showing Pride; Passion; Commitment? What do people want?

    Sam from Telford: Fabian Delph 2 years overdue for England? Has a lot of steam to let off. Refreshing.

  110. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    A touch of Gazza in the 91 Cup Final about Fabian Delph tonight. He is pumped up big time, he's on a booking and has just slid hard into Ricardo Rodriguez. He's very lucky not to connect with the man in red, and if he had he may have seen red...

  111. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gary Timms: I wonder what England fans want sometimes. Other than the obligatory 9-0 win. Give youth a chance. They're too naive. Impossible

  112. Post update

    Switzerland 0-0 England

    As the commentators switch over in the 5 live box the consensus is that so far, so good for England. Wayne Rooney has had the two best chances of the game but not connected with either properly.

  113. Elsewhere tonight

    Koke playing for Spain

    Spain have hit Macedonia with the old one-two in Valencia. The recently-deposed world champions took the lead though a Sergio Ramos penalty after David Silva was fouled and a minute later debutant Paco Alcacer hooks in to double the advantage.

  114. Giant on the pitch?

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    Wayne Rooney (centre) is closed down by Johan Djourou

    Just how tall is Johan Djourou, once of Arsenal?

  115. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Chapman: say it quietly... I think we look good! Remember this side took Argentina to extra time... England look dangerous on the break

  116. Post update

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    Jack Wilshere looking busy, Raheem Sterling linking up well with his midfield, it's very watchable stuff.

  117. Switzerland 0-0 England

    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "At the moment you would have to say it's maybe going better than we expected.

    "The two England full-backs look the weaker players in the team."


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    A hairy moment for England as Haris Seferovic is played in, Phil Jones makes the challenge and both players go to ground. The Swiss want a spot-kick but on second viewing there was nothing in that. A good old-fashioned shoulder charge and Seferovic rather lost his footing.

    The hosts having a good few minutes though.

  119. Elsewhere tonight

    There has been a lively start at the Ernst-Happel Stadion in Vienna where hosts Austria took the lead through a penalty from Bayern Munich's David Alaba before Erkan Zengin equalised for the Sweden on 12 minutes.

    In England and Switzerland's group Deivydas Matulevicius has put Lithuania ahead against San Marino.

  120. Text us on 81111

    Kyle in Cambridge: There's a certain Scottish manager who is finally available after many years at club level, and who was known for getting the best out of players such as Rooney, Cleverly and Welbeck. Has experience managing Scotland at a World Cup. Roy out, SAF in?

  121. Post update

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    Chance - no! It's a mistake from Steve von Bergen as he hurries a clearance and Raheem Sterlign pounces on it. England have four-on-four, Sterling finds Wayne Rooney just inside the penalty area but his shot is rather scuffed and it's easy for Yann Sommer to field. Two half openings for the England captain so far.

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Fabian Delph has certainly made an early impression on his full debut- but not all good

    Chris Mitchell: Delph is 100% to see red tonight. Rash and immature.

    Alan Ferguson: Delph had a tenner on himself for first yellow. He failed first time but got it second time around.

    John Pierce: There's the inevitable yellow for Delph. Not a naive youngster any more, poor poor judgement.

  123. Post update

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    Ex-Arsenal man Johan Djourou shanks the ball out of play under pressure, good hassling from the England front three. Djourou is keeping another former Gunner Philippe Senderos on the bench by the way.

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    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Mixed start for Fabian Delph on his full England debut. Some nice sharp touches but two reckless challenges have brought a very early yellow card. Needs to watch himself now - seems very hyped up but needs to channel the aggression in the right direction."

  125. Post update

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    Promising stuff as Joe Hart collects the free-kick and instantly clears into the path of Raheem Sterling, great ball. Sterling to Jack Wilshere, he sweeps the ball crossfield to Wayne Rooney arriving at the back post, a solid first touch would make a chance but it's a laboured one from the skipper and he is dispossessed.

    Much better from England though so far.

  126. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Blues Club Over 31's: Good to see great support from English fans at the ground.

    Andrew Valette: All respect to Villa, Delph spent last season fighting relegation. Spain don't seem to have picked many players from Almeria

    Vinny Person: ‏England starting 11 average salary: £132k a week. Switzerland starting 11 average salary: £38.9k a week. Embarrassing


    Switzerland 0-0 England

    Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner (left) and England's Fabian Delph

    A challenge honed at Elland Road as Fabian Delph slams into a red shirt and gets a booking. Nine minutes and one warning into his full England debut he goes into the book. Stay on your feet now Fab...

  128. Text us on 81111

    From Steve: The support England get away from home is staggering. I hope the players truly appreciate it.

  129. Post update

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    One for Arsenal fans to look forward to as Danny Welebck turns on the afterburners to rip through the Swiss backline, he then finds Jack Wilshere in space, but Wilshere is sluggish and is caught on the ball. Cracking tempo so far.

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    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It looks like Jack Wilshere is going to sit so can he be very disciplined? It looks like Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph will be given licence to get forward and almost make it a front five at times."

  131. Post update

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    Fabian Delph gets a hospital pass from Leighton Baines, but gets his head down and tracks back, catching Valon Behrami late in the process. Referee Cuneyt Cakir gives Delph a strong word but no card. Yet.

  132. Post update

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    Nice touch! Admir Mehmedi megs John Stones and then buys a foul from John Stones, who was sucked in. Fellow Toffee Leighton Baines is then fouled on the other flank as England make a lively enough start.

  133. Post update

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    Good start for new man Fabian Delph, eating up the turf down the left but his cross hits Raheem Sterling on the ankle. Fair few empty seats behind the goal England are attacking.

  134. Post update

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    Gary Cahill confidently strides out of defence - but then smashes a long pass right out of play. Rusty start - but the England fans are in great voice.

  135. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Calver: I have Great British Bake Off recorded and I'm warning you Roy; I'm not afraid to watch it a second time!

  136. KICK-OFF

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    A proper huddle from England, with Wayne Rooney really fired up - good to see. And we are under way...

  137. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    RedAllOver: If only Hodgson was saying to himself, 'What would Brendan Rodgers do?

    Matthew Acton: Only Hodgson would pick someone like Delph for the national team stupid. He needs to go regardless of the result tonight.

    asportingbuddha: Think about the German midfield 3 from the WC, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Kroos. We get Henderson, Delph and Wilshere. Ridiculous

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    Start fast, start well, don't send Alan Shearer to sleep...

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    Anthem time. Top class rendition of 'God Save Our Queen' as ever from the visiting fans.

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    Here we go then - the lads are in the tunnel. A lot of handshakes around the place as the teams line up alongside each other. The stadium is bouncing - are we all ready?

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    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "I think this is a bigger game for Roy Hodgson than it is for England and I would be fearful of the level of scrutiny should England put in a bad performance and suffer a heavy defeat in Switzerland.

    "However, having heard Adrian Bevington, the Managing Director of Club England on 606 on Five Live yesterday, I believe the pressure is being generated from the outside.

    "Listening to Adrian Bevington I still think the FA are very supportive of Roy Hodgson and listening to Wayne Rooney the players are clearly still behind the manger too."

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    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Considering there were fans outside three hours before kick-off holding up placards pleading for tickets, there are still plenty of empty spaces in St. Jakob-Park.

    "Those Swiss fans inside gave a very generous round of applause when the name of England manager Roy Hodgson was read out. He is fondly remembered here for taking Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup Final in the United States."

  143. You got the fear?

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    Fabian Delph

    For each a road.

    For everyman a religion.

    Find everybody and rule.

    For everything and rumble.

    Forget everything and remember.

    For everything a reason.

    Forgive everybody and remember.

    Fantastic expectations? Amazing revelations...

    You got the fear.

    With apologies to Mr. Ian Brown...

  144. Post update

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    Are any of the England players scared of playing in Switzerland? Should they be?

  145. Like watching creosote dry...

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    Alan Shearer

    It's not easy to bore a man who celebrates winning the Premier League by creosoting his garden fence - allegedly - but England managed it against Norway the other night.

    "I have to admit I did doze off in front of the game," Alan Shearer writes in his column for the Sun, adding: "Those who did go probably wish they hadn't."

    England manager Roy Hodgson bristled at media criticism of the 1-0 victory, but Shearer reckons his anger would have been better directed at his own players.

    Referring to Hodgson's expletive-laden outburst at the post-match press conference, Shearer says: "We could have used the same phrase to describe the performance."

  146. Post update

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    England manager Roy Hodgson on ITV: "We are playing a system which is similar to how we finished against Norway. In that system Fabian Delph is very adept. With him and Jordan Henderson it gives us enormous energy in the old fashioned wing-half positions and that allows Raheem Sterling to play at the tip of a diamond.

    "Jack Wilshere can play at the base of the diamond, he's a very gifted player and we want him on the ball as much as possible. We have to conquer our fear, the worst things for performance are players going out anxious."

  147. Text us on 81111

    Roy or not Roy? Very much a matter of opinion...

    Dom from Colchester: Why is Hodgson the man to lead England forward! Should have given Harry Redknapp the job. Hodgson has proved on more than one occasion he isn't the man for the job but yet still carries our national team! I am very patriotic but the way we are going I'm afraid to see us losing tonight! Boring 1-0 loss! Why can't the team just play some good football rather than the boring stuff we have been seeing?

    Gareth: To all the media and fans baying for Roy Hodgson's resignation - whom exactly would you suggest we replace him with? There is hardly a massive list of English or British managerial alternatives. And any of those that are good would never touch the England job with a barge poke. Also England previously went down the route of hiring A-grade international managers like Erikssen and Capello when we had loads more international players in our team and it was hardly a success then was it? We now have an international manager with previous international managerial experience and a young team coming through. Now is not the time for knee jerk reactions. The media just want to sell papers and TV shows through being sensational.

    Ade: England are a long way from being a Germany or Holland, but the immensely frustrating thing is that there's an exciting attacking side screaming to be allowed to play in that squad. And it's the management currently denying them that right. The culture of fear is suffocating our national side.

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    England boss Roy Hodgson

    You've still got time for one last brew Roy...

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    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If I was Roy Hodgson I would try and use that press scrutiny in the dressing room.

    "I would say 'the media are gunning for you' so go and prove a point. You are all good players."

  150. Post update

    A three-month hangover for Roy? We've all been there.

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    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty in Basel

    "Great atmosphere building inside St. Jakob-Park. This is a first-class football arena with high, steep stands that give the stadium an enclosed and intimidating feel. It will be a big test for the likes of Everton youngster John Stones, playing at right back and for Aston Villa's Fabian Delph as he makes his full debut.

    "England manager Roy Hodgson has been out in the centre circle with his coaching team of Ray Lewington and Gary Neville - this is a big night for the 67-year-old as he attempts to shake off the hangover caused by that dismal World Cup campaign."

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    The England team are out warming up in Basel, with the stands steadily filling up around them. The home fans fancy a win here...

  153. Who's in Group E?

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    England and Switzerland will both expect to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals in France. A new, bigger - if not necessarily better - programme means that 24 teams will line up in the tournament.

    That in turn means that the top two in each of the nine groups, along with the best third-placed side, go through.

    The eight other third-placed sides will then be paired off in two-legged play-offs.

    Tonight's other games in Group E are: Estonia v Slovenia and San Marino v Lithuania.

  154. Text us on 81111

    Neil W: Everyone seems to have missed the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been dropped from the starting line-up, which is what allows Delph to come in.

    Kieran, from East Sussex: I'm a West Ham fan and I've been waiting for one of our players to get called up to the England team. Rightly so, no one has done for the last few years. However, if players like Henderson and Delph are starting, how come Mark Noble is nowhere to be seen?

    From Sam in Haywards Heath: It blows my mind that people don't think the players are good enough. The Irish and Scottish teams played some great stuff with lower league players in their ranks yesterday yet Roy struggles to get England playing fluidly with regular starters in the top four clubs in supposedly the best league in the world. No excuses, we're massively underperforming and need a modern manager.

  155. Last time we met

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    Adam Johnson

    England's last meeting with the Swiss was three years ago, when a Frank Lampard penalty and an Ashley Young strike pulled the Three Lions back after two Tranquillo Barnetta free-kicks.

    And four years ago - almost to the day - England last ventured on to neutral turf, with goals from Wayne Rooney, Adam Johnson and Darren Bent wrapping up a 3-1 win.

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    England forward Wayne Rooney and midfielder David Beckham (right)

    Ah Euro 2004. Paul Scholes from the left? Lovely. A fine tournament.

  157. LINE-UPS

    Switzerland v England (19:45 BST)

    Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, von Bergen, Djourou, Rodriguez, Behrami, Inler, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi. Subs: Hitz, Benito, Senderos, Widmer, Frei, Stocker, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Kasami, Drmic, Schar, Burki.

    England: Hart, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Baines, Wilshere, Henderson, Delph, Sterling, Welbeck, Rooney. Subs: Forster, Rose, Jagielka, Chambers, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Lambert.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

  158. Team news

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    Switzerland's new coach Vladimir Petkovic has chosen World Cup trio Haris Seferovic of Eintracht Frankfurt, Freiburg's Admir Mehmedi and Bayern Munich Xherdan Shaqiri to lead the attack.

    Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is at the heart of defence, while experienced captain Gokhan Inler, 30, will start in midfield alongside ex-West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami, who impressed at Brazil 2014.

  159. Post update

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    Former England international Danny Mills

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You can talk about systems all day long. These players now have to go out and show something a little bit different.

    "Last night Scotland had a go. They were positive and took the game to Germany and they had a go. They grew some balls and went for it. This is what England need to do.

    "Forget the World Cup. Move on. Take a few risks, especially going forward, and show what you can do."

  160. Post update

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    Switzerland v England (19:45 BST)

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter: The programme for tonight's game.

  161. Post update

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    Fabian Delph may well be asked to help Leighton Baines out down the left against the attacks of Xherdan Shaqiri this evening.

    On the other side, who's watching Raheem Sterling? He could be the spark for England.

  162. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who would be England manager? Obviously Marcus

    Marcus Gee: My England team tonight would have been: Hart Clyne Curtis Davis Cahill Baines Wilshere Barry Sterling Rooney Oxlade-Chamberlain Lambert

  163. "Roy Hodgson has referred it..."

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    A TV replay system allowing coaches to challenge a referee's decision may be trialled next year, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has announced.

    Speaking via video link at Manchester's Soccerex, the Swiss, 78, said he wanted coaches to be allowed at least one challenge per half.

    He revealed the trial could happen at next year's Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

    "We can try in a youth competition, an Under-20, like next year when we are in New Zealand," he said.

    "It can only be done where there is television coverage of all the matches."

    What do we think of that?

  164. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tony Lea Stewart: With Welbeck starting, it will be interesting to see what he can do. Not an Arsenal fan, but I hope he proves doubters wrong.

  165. Text us on 81111

    Andrew K: As a Liverpool fan I went to Roy Hodgson's last game as manager, away at Blackburn (we lost 3-1). The worst manager we've had for many years. Why will he better with England?

    From Jenni: The power of the media never ceases to amaze me. In the build-up to the World Cup the expectations surrounding this Engalnd side were low and the support for Roy Hodgson was sky-high, as they agreed we didn't have a good enough squad to challenge the very best. Fast forward a few months and nothing has changed in regards to expectations, but suddenly the media have turned on Rodgson and he's no longer seen as being good enough. What changed?

    From Andrew: Huge night ahead for England and Roy Hodgson in particular. I can't be the only one thinking that a defeat wouldn't be that bad a result from an English point of view if it meant that it got rid of Hodgson from the England management setup. He's clearly not the right man for the job.

  166. The danger men

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    Pajtim Kasami

    Up front Switzerland can call on young trio Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovic and Josip Drmic, who all ply their trade in the Bundesliga, while one-time Fulham man Pajtim Kasami is also an option.

    Remember that goal he scored at Crystal Palace last season? Course you do! Netbuster...

  167. The danger men

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    Xherdan Shaqiri

    The Swiss are a handy outfit then - but who are the key components, the real danger men, the knife and corkscrew in the army knife?

    Front and centre is sometime Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri. The 22-year-old is built like a powerlifter and could well bench press England's back four into submission tonight.

    He scored a hat-trick at the World Cup and already has 38 caps to his name. Can Phil Jones and co shut him out tonight?

  168. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    England's new-look midfield is certainly causing some debate. Lampard and Gerrard anyone?

    Ruairi Giles: Wilshere, the famous holding midfielder tonight then.

    Andy Green: For me the Wilshere, Delph, Henderson midfield shows how lacking England are, I hope I'm proved wrong but I doubt it. 2-0 loss.

    Cameron Laws: Delph deserves his chance, fantastic ability. Strong line-up, lets hope for better than last week!

  169. Top 10 hit

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    Switzerland, who were managed by Roy Hodgson between 1992 and 1995, are set to be England's toughest opponents as they are the highest ranked side in Group E.

    They are ninth in Fifa's world rankings compared to England's 20th and were only beaten in the World Cup by a last-minute goal from Manchester United's new £60m man Angel Di Maria.

  170. Post update

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    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch: Ready to go with England's Euro qualifying campaign in Basel from 19:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live.

  171. Radio, radio

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live will have live coverage of tonight's match in Basel, Mark Pougatch presenting, John Murray and Alan Green commentating with Danny Mills providing the analysis.

    The programme starts at 19:00 BST as we build-up to the qualifier.

    Among other things, they will be discussing the importance of the tie and the danger posed by the Swiss, as well as speaking to a Swiss journalist to discuss just how fondly Roy Hodgson is remembered in Switzerland.

    Phones line will be open at half-time - call 0500 909693 to discuss the big talking points.

  172. Post update

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    Fabian Delph

    What a night for Fabian Delph. The Aston Villa man was impressive when he came on for his debut against Norway in midweek, can he shine tonight?

  173. Post update

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    Manager Roy Hodgson insists England's immediate future will not be shaped by their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland tonight.

    The game is England's first competitive match since their tame World Cup exit.

    Hodgson said: "We have to play well and do well here. If the result costs us we have to make sure we learn from losing the battle and win the war.

    "Winning this game does not make a great team in 2016. Neither does losing it make us a poor team in 2016."