Switzerland vs England
Euro 2016 qualifier
England's European campaign is set to begin with a tricky test in Basel tonight against Switzerland in Group E.
Roy Hodgson's side will be desperate to secure a positive result against the Swiss after a disappointing post World Cup clash with Norway last week. The Three Lions secured a victory thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal at Wembley against the Norwegians, but failed to lift the spirits of the nation following a disappointing tournament in Brazil.
Down to business
But, with the serious business set to begin this evening, Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Co. will be desperate to fire against the team ranked 11 places above them. Switzerland are expected to be England's main challengers for the No.1 spot in the group, so it could prove a crucial game for Hodgson's side.
Despite the negativity surrounding the England camp, fans will be confident that the country can qualify from group E, with 24 teams set to feature in France 2016. England will have to end in the top two positions, however, with the likes of Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania and San Marino also in the group.
The game will certainly prove a huge one for Rooney, who will struck his 41st goal for the national side last week. The 28-year-old will be determined to find the net once again this evening in Basel as he closes in on Sir Bobby Charlton's record.
Hodgson hasn't been able to put out his strongest side for tonight's clash with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge out on the sidelines. New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck will partner his former Manchester United teammate Rooney in attack, with Fabian Delph playing alongside Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park.
With Manchester City 'keeper Joe Hart in goal, Phil Jones will partner Chelsea centre-half Gary Cahill at the back, as England look to keep a clean sheet against the Swiss.
England XI: Hart, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Baines, Delph, Henderson, Wilshere, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck
Switzerland XI: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Rodriguez, Djourou, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Mehmedi
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