England will continue preparations for the 2022 Fifa World Cup when they welcome Switzerland to Wembley Stadium for an international friendly encounter on Saturday.
The Three Lions come into this encounter on a huge win in their last game following their 10-0 hammering of San Marino at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle in the World Cup qualifying match.
England managed to secure this huge victory through four goals from Harry Kane, an own goal by Filippo Fabbri and goals from Harry Maguire, Emile Smith Rowe, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka
Meanwhile, Rossocrociati will be high in confidence coming into this clash after they secured a comfortable 4-0 victory over Bulgaria in their Fifa World Cup Group C qualifier at Swissporarena on 15 November 2021 through goals from Noah Okafor, Rubén Vargas, Cedric Itten and Remo Freuler, respectively.
England coach Gareth Southgate says: “I don’t think they are big decisions, really. I think they’ve been fairly straightforward.
“Ultimately there is a big responsibility for any player. I often hear that this coach or that coach has got the best out of somebody but the very best players play well for pretty much every coach they play for. Always as a player you look at yourself first.”
Switzerland coach Murat Yakin weighs in: “The Nati was already an affair of the heart for me as a player. It is a great honour and a pleasure for me to be able to represent our country as a coach,” he said.
“I have no doubts that we will qualify for the World Cup with this great team and that we will celebrate further successes.”
England have the advantage over Switzerland coming into this game, having won three out of five matches between the two teams, with the last encounter ending in a goalless draw during their participation in the Uefa Nations League.
Gareth Southgate will have a fully fit squad for the friendly with the exception of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Murat Yakin ill be without the services of defender Nico Elvedi, who is currently out due to contracting Covid-19.
Harry Kane comes into this fixture in a rich vein of form on an international level having netted seven goals in his last two appearances for the national team as he looks to close in on England’s all-time goalscoring record.
Mario Gavranovic will be hoping to take his club form into the national team after he already surpassed the 10 goal mark for Super Lig outfit Kayserispor with 13 goals in 28 matches.