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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