Switzerland 0 England 2 – Welbeck steals the show in Basel
England enjoyed a winning start to Euro 2016 qualification by beating the Swiss on Monday night
September 8th, 2014
So much for all the doom and gloom surrounding the England national team. The Three Lions’ Euro 2016 qualification campaign is up and running after an impressive 2-0 win in Basel against a side that are one of the highest-ranked countries in the world.
Roy Hodgson was dealt a blow on the eve of the match after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out, although it actually enabled Wayne Rooney to play in the advanced position which in turn gave Raheem Sterling greater freedom in the number ten role.
England looked lively in attack throughout the match, with Wayne Rooney presented with a gilt-edged chance in the first half although the skipper didn’t strike at the first opportunity.
Switzerland were relatively well contained, with Hodgson preferring Phil Jones over Phil Jagielka as the centre-half partner of Gary Cahill, although the former was to retire with a hamstring injury before the final whistle.
At that stage, England were a goal to the good thanks to a fine counter-attacking move which saw Wayne Rooney break free in the middle of the park before feeing Sterling on the left flank. The Liverpool man sent the ball across the penalty area and Danny Welbeck convered at the back post.
Welbeck has recently signed for Arsenal and he once again demonstrated that he can turn on the style in an England shirt, with the forward firing home his and England’s second of the night when being put into the clear by Rickie Lambert.