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England vs Switzerland LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the King Power Stadium

England XI: Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Walker, Tarkowski, Maguire, Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Welbeck, Rashford, Delph

Switzerland XI: Sommer, Akanji, Djourou, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodriguez, Zakaria, Gavranovic, Shaqiri

ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

  • Gareth Southgate makes nine changes from Nations League defeat to Spain
  • Jack Butland error nearly punished by Shaqiri
  • Switzerland enjoy 65 per cent possession in the first half

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ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

48: Another sleepy start from the Three Lions as Switzerland dictate play. Shaqiri receives the ball just outside the penalty area but dithers and eventually loses possession.

ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

45: And we’re back underway folks. Switzerland make a couple of changes with Moubandje and Mehmedi on for Akanji and Rodriguez.

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England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: REUTERS)

ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

HT: Zero minutes of added time is a small mercy. It’s goalless here at the King Power Stadium with Switzerland bossing possession. England look a threat when Danny Rose and Trent Alexander-Arnold plough forward, but there’s very little help for Welbeck and Rashford, who’ve had about 10 touches combined.

43: Switzerland have had 65 percent possession. No wonder the King Power Stadium has fallen silent. This is garbage.

41: Corner to Switzerland. Oh, Shaqiri has belted it beyond the box and out of play. Dismal delivery, but that didn’t stop him complaining about a lack of movement from his colleagues…

38: England finally relieve the pressure with Rashford bounding clear over the halfway line. He spots Rose overlapping at the far post and stings the palms of Sommer.

‘Stings the palms of Sommer,’ sounds like an experimental post-punk album by The Smiths…

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

35: Nice stuff from the visitors. Shaqiri plays it wide to Rodriguez, who cuts inside and shoots inches past Butland’s right-hand post. Shortly after, Lichtsteiner clips a cross into the six-yard box but Maguire arrives to clear.

33: Do you remember on Saturday night when we all thought the international break could be genuinely entertaining? What fools we were. This is a real snooze with England struggling to string a few passes together. Switzerland in charge against this much-changed line-up.

30: Sloppy from England, who aren’t at the races tonight. Gavranovic nips behind Walker and Tarkowski and Butland is forced to clear it for a corner.

Welbeck is easily beaten by Rodriguez who drills one low and the Stoke goalkeeper saves unconvincingly with his legs.

27: Booked! Lichtsteiner is booked for a clumsy late challenge on Rose. He complains but I don’t see how he can keep a straight face. Trent Alexander-Arnold whips it low but Sommer gathers.

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23: I’ve no idea if you’re interested but Northern Ireland are 1-0 up against Israel in their international friendly. Steven Davis with the goal.

21: Akanji makes a superb tackle on Loftus-Cheek but the referee gives us a free-kick. Not a complaint, just an observation… Alexander-Arnold sends it over but nobody attacks it and Schar easily clears.

18: Harry Maguire, fresh from signing a new long-term contract with Leicester, is eager to impress the home supporters. He’s charging forward at every opportunity. I suspect he would have been a tidy Rugby player at school.

15: Nice free-kick delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold but Eric Dier heads wide while stooping. I think Switzerland look comfortable dealing with Welbeck and Rashford.

12: So your 12-minute summary is that England lack composure in the final third, the Leicester fans really love Harry Maguire and Jack Butland has made a poor start. That’ll save to scrolling back through all my nonsense. You’re welcome…

8: Danny Welbeck manages to wriggle through a crowded penalty area to meet a corner but he’s sent it wide.

Jack Butland does his best impersonation of Alisson when dithering in possession and passing it straight to Xherdan Shaqiri, who drills wide. The Liverpool star really should have opened the scoring.

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ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

5: Danny Rose dribbles down the left flank completely unopposed before sending a cutback into the penalty area but Welbeck and Rashford were nowhere to be seen. England on top.

3:  “Looking back on when we first met; I cannot escape and I cannot forget; Southgate, you’re the one; you still turn me on; and football’s coming home again,” is being sung with considerable gusto in the stadium. I love that chant.

Anyway, Southgate’s Young Lions have started on the front-foot with most of the attacking play taking place down the right flank with Trent Alexander-Arnold looking to burst forward.

ENGLAND 0-0 SWITZERLAND

1: Right, we’re underway. Quite a big chance for some of England’s lesser-spotted players tonight. I do hope Maurizio Sarri, Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola are watching.

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

KICK IT OUT

19:58: Tonight’s friendly will be dedicated to Kick It Out – football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

England manager Southgate and defender Harry Maguire had the logo on their shirts in the pre-match press conference, with the squad to warm-up wearing branded t-shirts.

The players will enter the pitch alongside eight mascots nominated by Kick It Out, while the opening 25 seconds of the fixture will be broadcast in black and white to honour its 25th anniversary.

Time for the anthems.

READY?

19:55: The supporters inside the King Power Stadium certainly are. Flags flying, chants being belted out. Feels good to be away from Wembley if you ask me.

JOY ON THE ROAD…

19:50: England have lost just one of their last 19 home internationals played at venues other than Wembley (W15 D3), a 0-1 friendly defeat vs Spain at Old Trafford in 2007.

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SLAB HEAD…

19:45: Gareth Southgate hailed Harry Maguire as one of the best ball-playing defenders in Europe. I heard Sergio Ramos wears Maguire pyjamas…

Since going to Euro 2016 with his friends to watch the Three Lions take on Slovakia, it is fair to say the 25-year-old’s ascent has been remarkable.

The last 15 months have been particularly impressive after swapping relegated Hull for Leicester, where he swept up at the end-of-season awards before starring in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.

Maguire repaid Southgate’s faith in spades in Russia and the Three Lions boss believes the defender is one of the best around.

“I was first and foremost delighted he was fit and available,” Southgate said. “The reason for that being when I was watching him during last season I knew that on the biggest stage he’d be able to perform and excel.

“I was so pleased he was going to have the opportunity to do that and he delivered. He’s a superb defender, he’s really effective in both penalty boxes and the way that he brings the ball forward and can use the ball is as good as anything in Europe, in my opinion.

“I think he proved to himself as much as anything that against some top players and some top teams in the lead-up to the finals, during the finals and again Saturday night that he can compete with the very best.”

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TWITTER ROUND-UP

Tom: Eric Dier and Fabian Delph in the middle for England… That’s like pairing up a mattress and a coat-stand and expecting them to perform some synth pop.

Peter: Still no play maker in midfield? It’s a friendly match for goodness sake, surely Gareth Southgate should be looking at Phil Foden and James Maddison – mark my words, they are the two young players who will make all the difference.

Michael: Surely Gareth Southgate is having a laugh captaining Eric Dier tonight? Slab Head all the way!

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‘HE’S STRUGGLING’

19:35: Harry Kane is in desperate need of a break – both physically and mentally, says Gary Neville.

“I have to say, I am concerned about Harry Kane,” Neville said. “If we take him as an example, Harry Kane since 2015 has played 175 matches.

“He’s struggling. Forget the physical side, he needs a mental break as well. I don’t think he should have been here for the two weeks.

“I think there is a welfare thing for me in terms of looking after players.

“He’s not had enough break now since 2015 and I do remember a similar situation with myself accumulating from ’96, through the tournament, ’97, ’98 the World Cup in France, in ’99 I blew up and in 2000 I was finished. For about six to eight months I really struggled mentally and physically.”

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BLACK AND WHITE…

19:25: The first 25 seconds of England’s friendly against Switzerland will be broadcast in black and white to honour the 25th anniversary of football’s anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out.

The picture on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game at Leicester’s King Power Stadium will switch to black and white as the teams take the pitch, and it will be first time England action has been broadcast without colour in nearly half a century.

The game, which kicks off at 8pm, has been dedicated to Kick It Out by the FA and England’s stars will show their support by warming up in branded t-shirts and entering the pitch alongside mascots chosen by the charity.

In a statement, the FA’s inclusion advisory board chairman Paul Elliott said: “Kick It Out have been a catalyst for the change in English football both on and off the pitch and we’re delighted to celebrate their inspirational work in promoting football for all.

“Hopefully the footage will encourage the millions of viewers at home to spend at least 25 seconds thinking about the importance of diversity in this beautiful game of ours.”

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TWITTER ROUND-UP

Jacob: Gareth Southgate wouldn’t call up Conor Coady for England because at the time he was a Championship player, yet he is playing Butland tonight who is a Championship player…

Dave: I know he’s bound to bag a brace after tweeting this, but how the heck does Danny Welbeck get called up for everything? Least deserving player around.

Nathan: Definitely reckon Switzerland are the best type of opposition for England to test some new tactics against but that line-up is pretty lacklustre.

SWISS RUNNING LIKE CLOCKWORK

19:15: England are sixth in the FIFA world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Russia.

Switzerland were among the sides they usurped in the standings, but the fact Vladimir Petkovic’s men are eighth underlines the fact that they will not be pushovers.

Boasting Premier League names like Xherdan Shaqiri, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka, they arrive in England buoyed by a dream start to the Nations League – a 6-0 drubbing of Iceland on Saturday.

Am I scaring you yet? Good.

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RECORD-BREAKING DEFEAT?

19:10: I don’t want to start on a sour note, but we should address the elephant in the room.

The afterglow of reaching the World Cup semi-finals remains, with manager Gareth Southgate’s likeable manner and focus on progress helping to enthuse what had largely become an apathetic nation.

But the push for long-term gain has brought short-term pain.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League opener leaves England looking to avoid four successive defeats for the first time in their history.

Southgate rightly points to the fact that run includes a World Cup semi-final and third-place play-off, but they will be desperate to end that run against the Swiss.

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TEAM NEWS – NINE CHANGES

19:05: Gareth Southgate has made sweeping changes to his England side as they set out to end a three-game losing streak in a friendly against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium.

The Three Lions lost their Nations League opener 2-1 to Spain on Saturday and Southgate opted to look at a number of inexperienced players this time out, with nine alterations from Wembley.

Eric Dier captained the side as Jack Butland started in goal with James Tarkowski and Kyle Walker joining Leicester’s Harry Maguire in the back-three.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Danny Rose came in as the wing-backs with Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck also starting.

As for Switzerland, well, Premier League quartet Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar start.

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THE STARTING XI…

19:00: Gareth Southgate has made quite a few changes. Well, nine to be precise with only Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford remaining in the England starting line-up.

And the picture that the FA tweeted out contained Jordan Pickford twice, but it’s actually Jack Butland starting between the sticks. Silly FA…

England XI: Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Walker, Tarkowski, Maguire, Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Welbeck, Rashford, Delph.

Subs: Trippier, Chilwell, Stones, Gomez, Pickford, Henderson, Lingard, Kane, Gray, McCarthy, Bettinelli.

Switzerland XI: Sommer, Akanji, Djourou, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodriguez, Zakaria, Gavranovic, Shaqiri.

Subs: Mvogo, Kobel, Moubandje, Klose, Mbabu, Zuber, Sow, Embolo, Seferovic, Fernandes, Ajeti, Mehmedi.

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN…

18:50:  “I can’t wait to get on the road again…”

Moving swiftly on, after finishing their World Cup preparations at a bouncing Elland Road, the Three Lions are on their travels once more.

Gareth Southgate is a strong believer that the national team should move around as it represents England rather than just the south.

The fact tickets are still available at the King Power Stadium raises questions as to how much hunger there is in this part of the country, but the chance to see Leicester players like Harry Maguire, Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell should bring some late sales.

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Score, goals and updates from the King Power Stadium (Image: GETTY)

EVENING…

18:45: Hello everyone, welcome to our LIVE coverage of England vs Switzerland from the King Power Stadium.

Yes, you are reading that right. We’re not at Wembley tonight because apparently there is civilisation outside of London… who know, eh?!

Anyway, the visitors, who lost in the last 16 of the World Cup to Sweden, go into the game having made a flying start to their Nations League campaign.

So bouncing back from a 2-1 defeat to Spain won’t be an easy task for Gareth Southgate’s side – who are in danger of becoming the first England team to lose four senior internationals in succession.

Right, shall we have some team news and line-ups?



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