Match Preview: England U21 vs Switzerland U21

England u1 v NorwayEngland U21’s will be looking to get back to winning ways in Monday evening’s U21 European 2017 Championship qualification clash against Switzerland at the Amex Stadium following their drab 0-0 away draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday.

Despite dropping qualification points for the first time since 2013 last time out, Gareth Southgate’s men have a chance to make amends against the Swiss.

Both sides have seven points from three games and England know a win would see them cement their place as Group 9 leaders following wins against Kazakhstan and Norway. Switzerland’s perfect start also ended last week following a 1-1 draw against Norway and Heinz Moser’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

England will be of course missing Tottenham Hotspur pair Eric Dier and Delle Alli following their promotion to Roy Hodgson’s senior side. Injury has ruled Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe whilst Everton right-back Tyias Browning remains a doubt. Centre-back Jack Stephens and Nathaniel Chalobah will also be unavailable through suspensions.

Switzerland have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash down in the South Coast. Grasshopper’s striker Shani Tarashaj will be the visitors biggest goal threat, having scored three goals in qualification already. Haris Tabakovic will also be another danger man the Three Lions will have to watch out for.

The two sides meet for the first time since James Milner scored a late winner in a 3-2 victory for England back in 2006 and boss Southgate will be relying on Vitesse Arnhem loanee Dominic Solanke to spearhead the England frontline. The 18-year-old is poised to start alongside Chuba Akpom while Lewis Baker will be England’s creative spark behind the forwards.

England will head in to the match as favourites on home soil but the Swiss will provide a much sterner test than Kazakhstan, Bosnia- Herzegovina and Norway.

The match kicks off at 17:45 at Brighton & Hove’s Amex Stadium in Brighton.


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