With qualification assured for Euro 2016, England go into their next qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley with all eyes set on Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United forward’s penalty against San Marino brought him level with the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton on 49 international goals, and the skipper will be keen to break the World Cup winner’s record in Tuesday night’s match.
Roy Hodgson’s side completed the predicted demolition of San Marino on Saturday to secure qualification for France next summer. Goals from Rooney, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and a brace from Theo Walcott contributed to a 6-0 win in San Marino. Now the Three Lions boss has the first opportunity to build his squad for next summer against a nation he himself took to the World Cup in 1994.
Switzerland endured a far trickier task in their last qualifier at home to Slovenia. Vladimir Petkovic’s men were 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go, before two goals in four minutes and an injury-time winner from Josip Drmic secured a remarkable victory.
The Swiss will look to secure their place in France by beating England at Wembley, which makes it essential for the Three Lions not to underestimate them.
Raheem Sterling is expected to replace Jamie Vardy, while Theo Walcott could come in after scoring twice after coming off the bench on Saturday.
Jonjo Shelvey continued to impress against San Marino and the Swansea midfielder will be in contention to start under the arch but Michael Carrick is unavailable after withdrawing from the squad with a calf injury
England are unbeaten in seven European Championship ties against Switzerland, and indeed have only lost once in competitive meetings with the Swiss – a World Cup qualifier in Basel in 1981.
In the reverse fixture in Basel last September, Roy Hodgson’s men recorded a crucial 2-0 victory with Danny Welbeck grabbing both goals. This victory set them on their way in Group E which has seen their unbeaten run continue to seven games.
Group Position: England: 1st (21 points); Switzerland: 2nd (15 points)
Last Meeting: Switzerland 0-2 England, September 8, 2015
Key Men: England, Wayne Rooney; Switzerland, Josep Drmic
Form: England WWWWW; Switzerland WWWWW
Shoot Says: England 2-1 Switzerland