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Xherdan Shaqiri delivers the ball, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
Shaun Wright-Phillips produces a cross, Diego Benaglio makes a save.
Darren Bent grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Switzerland 1-3 England.Assist by Ashley Cole.
James Milner fouled by Steve Von Bergen, the ref awards a free kick. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by James Milner on Gokhan Inler, free kick awarded. Gokhan Inler takes the direct free kick.
Pirmin Schwegler goes off and Moreno Costanzo comes on.
Stephane Grichting concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson. Stephane Grichting is booked. James Milner delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Steve Von Bergen manages to make a clearance.
Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Wayne Rooney leaves the field to be replaced by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Stephane Grichting.
Shot from outside the box by Gokhan Inler goes wide right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Xherdan Shaqiri, save made by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Cole on Xherdan Shaqiri. Ashley Cole goes into the book. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alexander Frei, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Stephane Grichting.
Xherdan Shaqiri finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Switzerland 1-2 England.Assist on the goal came from Eren Derdiyok.
Darren Bent is brought on as a substitute for Jermain Defoe.
Adam Johnson finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Switzerland 0-2 England.Assist by Steven Gerrard.
Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Marco Streller results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Pirmin Schwegler fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Pirmin Schwegler takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Frei. Alexander Frei takes the direct free kick.
Stephan Lichtsteiner challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephan Lichtsteiner is shown a red card for second bookable offence. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left by-line, clearance made by Steve Von Bergen.
Marco Streller on for David Degen.
Centre by Alexander Frei, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Centre by David Degen, Joe Hart makes a save.
Glen Johnson challenges Xherdan Shaqiri unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alexander Frei from left wing, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Stephan Lichtsteiner fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Gokhan Inler restarts play with the free kick. James Milner goes into the referee's book.
Inswinging corner taken by James Milner.
Glen Johnson takes a shot. Diego Benaglio makes a save.
Stephan Lichtsteiner is shown a yellow card.
Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Diego Benaglio restarts play with the free kick.
Stephan Lichtsteiner receives a yellow card for dissent.
The referee blows for offside against Jermain Defoe. Diego Benaglio takes the indirect free kick.
Gokhan Inler concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Gerrard. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Shot from just outside the box by Gokhan Inler goes over the target.
Ashley Cole fouled by David Degen, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line, Steve Von Bergen makes a clearance.
Wayne Rooney produces a cross, Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by James Milner, clearance by Steve Von Bergen.
Xherdan Shaqiri comes on in place of Xavier Margairaz.
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Diego Benaglio.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by David Degen. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Foul by Glen Johnson on Alexander Frei, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexander Frei from left channel, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
Close range effort by David Degen goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Stephan Lichtsteiner by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexander Frei, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Shot on goal by Adam Johnson from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Xavier Margairaz. Xavier Margairaz takes the direct free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot.
James Milner crosses the ball.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Gokhan Inler. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Stephan Lichtsteiner. Diego Benaglio takes the direct free kick.
Adam Johnson crosses the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Jermain Defoe goes over the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gokhan Inler. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Stephan Lichtsteiner fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Von Bergen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Stephane Grichting. Free kick taken by Steve Von Bergen.
James Milner produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard.
Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Stephane Grichting results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
Theo Walcott leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Johnson.
Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Switzerland 0-1 England.Glen Johnson provided the assist for the goal.
David Degen challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Reto Ziegler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Walcott on Reto Ziegler. Stephane Grichting restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Rooney crosses the ball.
Glen Johnson sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephan Lichtsteiner by Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
David Degen concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Cole fouled by David Degen, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
The referee starts the second half.
The game gets underway.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Gerrard expects more of the same from Rooney
England skipper Steven Gerrard believes Wayne Rooney will be in the right frame of mind to shine in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.
Rooney will be back in action in Basle for the first time since allegations concerning his private life appeared in a Sunday newspaper.
The Manchester United star has been in the spotlight for the past 48 hours and the behaviour expected of top players has been a constant source of debate.
But Fabio Capello confirmed Rooney will start against the Swiss and Gerrard believes returning to play football can be a "release" for a player if he is encountering off-the-pitch problems.
Rooney looked back to his best before attracting the front-page headlines in setting up all four goals during Friday's 4-0 success over Bulgaria at Wembley.
Gerrard said: "I haven't spoken to Wayne about his issues off the field because, to be blunt, they are nothing to do with me.
"Wayne knows I'm here for him as a friend and also as a team-mate but he seems fine to me.
"He trained well yesterday and wants to play. I just hope he performs to the level as on Friday when he was superb.
"The team certainly need him to play at that sort of level if we are to get the three points we are after. When he is on top form, he can score and create goals and win matches on his own."
Gerrard admitted: "If you have got issues off the pitch, football can be a release and when the game kicks off you are totally focused on it.
"You have to push off-the-park matters to one side and only come back to them when a game is over but that's the same for most footballers."
Two years ago England set the benchmark for their World Cup qualification campaign with a 4-1 victory over Croatia in Zagreb.
In the same way, Switzerland represent England's biggest threat to qualifying automatically for the 2012 finals and they showed their pedigree with victory over eventual World Cup winners Spain in South Africa.
Gerrard said: "I think it will be difficult to get a 4-1 scoreline this time. Switzerland are a very good team, very organised defensively and difficult to score against.
"But we want to build on Friday's performance and we will go into the game full of confidence. Our target when we came together last week was six points. A draw against the Swiss would be a decent result but we want the three points."
The only selection issue for Capello appears to be whether to persevere with Gary Cahill in place of the injured Michael Dawson in defence or recall Matthew Upson.
But Gerrard has faith in whoever Capello decides to put into place alongside Phil Jagielka.
He said: "You don't have to change much after winning 4-0 but I am sure whoever plays at centre-half will do a good job.
"Gary Cahill did well when he came on the other night and Matthew Upson did a superb job in the qualifiers for us and also played in the World Cup.
"We are aware it is our first away game since the World Cup and will be a big test but we are up for the challenge and confident."
Rooney ends drought as England cruise##Wayne Rooney put his personal problems to one side just as he promised and fired England on their way to a 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifying win over 10-man Switzerland.##Substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent also found the net after Stephan Lichtsteiner had been sent off to ensure Xherdan Shaqiri's thunderbolt was of no real value.##But Rooney will hog the headlines, just as he has done since Sunday, when the allegations over his private life were first made.##The Manchester United star had reassured manager Fabio Capello he would be fully focused on the match, so the Italian started with the 24-year-old up front.##Just as ordered, after 12 months and 11 games without a goal for his country, Rooney was in the right place to apply the neat finish to Glen Johnson's cut-back.##The celebration was not extensive, especially as Theo Walcott lay injured.##But inside there must have been a sense of relief and justification at his decision to remain with the Three Lions when it had been claimed by some he should have gone back to the north-west.##Injured skipper Rio Ferdinand hailed the effort of "my boy" and, if Jermain Defoe had been similarly accurate, England would have wrapped up their second straight Group G win before half-time.##As it was, by the time Rooney departed with 11 minutes left, Capello's side were still not safe - victory only assured when Bent fired home his first England goal two minutes from time.##Against opponents good enough to beat Spain at the World Cup, Capello decided the old Everton partnership of Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott would provide him with his central defensive pairing.##Yet such was England's dominance that over half an hour had passed before their hosts created a chance.##If there was something vaguely predictable that Rooney should choose this night to end his long goal drought, the sight of Defoe wasting a trio of belting opportunities before the break was a total surprise.##Defoe, the hat-trick hero against Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday, first failed to control a looping Steven Gerrard cross when Switzerland had played a diabolical offside trap that left the Tottenham man totally on his own inside the area.##Then a smart piece of skill from Johnson took him to the by-line. The cut-back was precise but inexplicably Defoe failed to make a decent connection and bounced his effort over.##In fairness to Defoe, the third chance was all his own making and Diego Benaglio was the villain of the piece, beating away the shot after England's lone orthodox frontman had wriggled free of three close attendants inside the Swiss box.##David Degen did eventually fire an angled effort over as the home side roused themselves but it was the kind of efficient, effective eye-catching English performance that made you wonder how and why what happened in South Africa took place.##Not that it was the only question, with many wondering why Johnson remained at home over the summer when his Manchester City team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips got a ticket to South Africa.##The loss of Walcott with what could turn out to be a broken ankle sustained in an accidental collision with Steve von Bergen as Rooney was hitting the net will bring a groan from Arsene Wenger.##For Johnson it was the opening he has been craving.##One of six City players to finish the game, the winger whistled a long-range effort over and was a menacing presence for the Switzerland defence every time he collected possession.##He volleyed another decent chance wide at the start of the second period, when Benaglio also produced a fine fingertip save to deny Glen Johnson.##The England wobble Capello must have feared arrived just before the hour.##Two dropped crosses by Joe Hart and a run by Alexander Frei which caused English hearts to miss a beat, before Gerrard booted clear, brought nervousness that the dismissal of Lichtsteiner for chopping down James Milner should really have eased.##That Johnson soon skipped round Benaglio to slot home a second, which the Swiss seemed to think should have been ruled out because Defoe was lying in agony with an injury that forced him off, only added to a belief that the job was done.##Shaqiri shook England out of their comfort zone with a 30-yard thunderbolt but, after Wright-Phillips had failed to provide Bent with a tap-in, the Sunderland man finally got his long-awaited England goal when he drove home at the death.
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