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During Gareth Southgate's tenure, he has often been criticized for his team selection and although England aren’t going to be playing the strongest of teams against Switzerland and Cote d’Ivoire, there is still no need to pick six natural centre backs.
Harry Maguire, John Stones, Ben White, Tyrone Mings, Marc Guehi and Conor Coady are all included, and while there are a pair of left-backs in the squad (Luke Shaw and Tyrick Mitchell), Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only right-back despite the strength in depth available in that position.
England fans have been calling for Southgate to stop playing favourites with constant call-ups for Mings and Maguire, despite playing poorly all season.
Switzerland are one of the teams to have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup thanks to them winning their group over the current European Champions, Italy.
They finished undefeated with five wins from eight games, with Borussia M’gladbach striker Breel Embolo their stand out player over the qualifiers, scoring and assisting three goals in the four appearances he made.
These two sides have played each other on four occasions since 2014 and Switzerland weren’t able to score a single goal with the games finishing 2-0, 2-0, 1-0 and 0-0. The only time that Switzerland have gotten the better of England across the past 75 years was back in 1981, which shows how one-sided this affair has been in the past.
England To Win To Nil
England are unbeaten over 90 minutes in 20 matches now, with the only costly result their defeat on penalties at the Euro 2020 final. This run has included 15 clean sheets, with 14 win to nils, even if this supposed dominance should be tempered by the fact that there were some easy games.
Indeed, San Marino (5-0 and 10-0), Andorra (4-0 and 5-0) and Albania (2-0 and 5-0) were all part of a comfortable group of qualifiers the Three Lions had to navigate.
Switzerland are certainly no pushovers having qualified for every major tournament since 2004, baring their failure to make it to Euro 2012, while they managed to escape the group stage on five occasions.
A pair of stalemates against Italy in the most recent set of qualifiers demonstrates their ability to remain competitive, while they forced both France and Spain to penalties at Euro 2020.
Despite that impressive record, England should expect to overcome their visitors at Wembley.
The Three Lions have only conceded four goals across their last 15 outings on home turf, while Switzerland have some notable absentees through the spine of their team, with goalkeeper Yann Sommer, centre-back Fabian Schar, midfielder Denis Zakaria and striker Haris Seferovic all unavailable.
ENGLAND TO WIN TO NIL
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