Here are five times that England have curdled the Swiss Cheese.
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Switzerland 1 – 3 England (Euro Qualifier, 2010)
The captain’s armband seemed a million miles away from Wayne Rooney back in 2010. Allegations that the Manchester United forward had been bonking prostitutes while his wife was pregnant dominated the tabloids and the England fans were a bit peeved after Rooney criticised their booing during the World Cup.
But while Wazza couldn’t file a super injunction against the hacks, he could however, find the onion bag against the Swiss. Rooney opened the scoring within ten minutes to set England on their way to a convincing win. Adam Johnson, on one of his Three Lions cameo’s, skipped past the goalkeeper to double the lead, before Stephane Grichting pulled one back for the hosts. Darren Bent rounded off the scoring to put a smile back on Fabio Capello’s face. Kind of.
England 2 – 1 Switzerland (Friendly, 2008)
Perhaps not one for the neutrals, but a significant meeting nonetheless, with Capello beginning his England reign against Switzerland. The Italian marched into Wembley with a cast iron C.V. and an even more resilient mug as he opened his account with a win that seemed convincing enough.
Jermaine Jenas got the game going by scoring from close range, before Eren Derdiyok equalised on his debut and Shaun Wright-Phillips then wrapped the game up just after the hour mark. What could possibly go wrong from there on in, eh?
England 3 – 0 Switzerland (Euro 2004)
Another tie against the boys from the Alps and another good news day for the Rooney clan. At the tender age of 18 years, seven months and 24 days old, the then Everton striker burst onto the international scene when he became the youngest ever scorer at the European Championships when he netted against the Swiss.
Rooney broke the deadlock when he headed home a Michael Owen cross and then got himself another goal when his shot ricocheted off the upright and onto goalkeeper Joerg Stiel’s hapless bonce and trickled over the line. Steven Gerrard compounded the Swiss misery by adding a third towards the end and Sven’s men claimed a much needed win in the scorching temperatures of Coimbra.
England 3 – 1 Switzerland (Friendly, 1995)
Happy chappy Terry Venables is the man in charge as England take on Switzerland in the old Wembley – but there’s a familiar face in the oppossing dug-out to meet El Tel – that’s right, it’s current Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson!
Hodgson spent three years at the helm of the Swiss and it was his side who took the lead, when Adrian Knup nodded the ball past David Seaman. Stuart Pearce then levelled the scores just before half-time and Teddy Sheringham produced a trademark floating header to put England into the lead. Steve Stone – subbed on after seven minutes to replace a predictably crocked Jamie Redknapp – got himself a goal to go with his first cap, although the linesman may have dozed off at the time. Hodgson remains a popular figure in Switzerland after reaching the knockout stages of the 1994 World Cup, but will be hoping that his former employers leave empty handed on Monday night.
Switzerland 1 – 8 England (Friendly, 1963)
And what would Roy give for a scoreline like this? Way back when England were a pretty tasty outfit, Alf Ramsey’s Three Lions travelled out to Basel to face the Swiss, and duly gave them a mauling. Record scorer Bobby Charlton got things underway by hitting the first of his three goals inside 20 minutes. Former West Ham striker Johnny Byrne managed to grab himself a brace either side of a strike by Blackburn winger Bryan Douglas.
Elsewhere there was a first goal for Liverpool’s Jimmy Melia on what would be his last England appearance and Tony Kay found the back of the net on his debut, only to be swiftly banged up for his part in a match fixing scandal the following season. The thrashing of Switzerland may well have been a pivotal result in England’s run to becoming world champions three years later. Talk about good omens…