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England will take on Switzerland for the Group E clash of the Euro 2016 qualifier at St Jakob Park on Monday evening.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Live coverage of the match will be available on ITV 1 and UTV.


The Three Lions come into this game after Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney started his tenure as England captain with a narrow win. Roy Hodgson's men registered a 1-0 victory over Norway at Wembley Stadium during the international friendly last Wednesday.

Rooney converted from the spot kick after the hour mark and his strike was the difference between England and Norway in the end. The English side needs to improve further in order to start their qualification on a brighter note.

The match against Switzerland will be the first competitive fixture for England after their disappointing World Cup campaign, where they were knocked out of the tournament in the group stages.

Xherdan Shaqiri
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England are drawn in Group E, along with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. The fixture on Monday is one of the toughest qualifying match for Hodgson's side.

Meanwhile, Switzerland kick start their Euro 2016 qualification campaign after they were knocked out of the World Cup by a late goal from Angel Di Maria in the final minutes of additional time.

After an impressive spell during the summer tournament in Brazil, Vladimir Petkovic would be hoping to start their first match of Group E on a brighter note against England. The game will be played in Basel and the support of home fans should be an advantage for Switzerland.

What Managers Say

Vladimir Petkovic (Switzerland): I am absolutely certain of the team's potential. That will help me and I am absolutely convinced we can succeed together. We are not a small team and we can start with our heads held high for this qualifying campaign. A team in the top ten in the world rankings must be confident of getting a result on any match day."

Roy Hodgson (England): "We are building this game up now and I don't have any reason to knock it down but on the other hand, it's the first qualifying game. We want to get off to a good start, we want to play well, we want to win but if we win it by 3-0 that still doesn't mean to say we're going to win the Euros in 2016."

Betting Odds (

  • Switzerland to win: 8/5
  • England to win: 37/19
  • Draw: 21/10

Team News

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson


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