Rooney and co. looking for three points from Basel adventure.
England coach Fabio Capello will start Wayne Rooney in Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in Basle.
Allegations about the Manchester United striker’s private life were made over the weekend but Capello is happy with Rooney’s state of mind and his form.
Michael Dawson (knee) is the only absentee from the XI that beat Bulgaria 4-0, with Gary Cahill, Joleon Lescott and Matthew Upson vying to replace him.
Switzerland are without keeper Diego Benaglio as he is on paternity leave.
His replacement is Marco Wolfli, the Young Boys keeper who conceded four goals against Tottenham in the recent Champions League play-off at White Hart Lane.
Jermain Defoe, who bagged a hat-trick against Bulgaria on Friday, scored that night for Spurs as well and Wolfli believes Tuesday’s match presents a chance for the national side to regain Swiss pride.
“That was a bad game for us. We had a great opportunity to go through and it hurt to lose out,” he said. “There are a lot of players in this squad who will see this as a chance to put it right. We can show Swiss football is strong.
“England will be strong favourites but we showed in the World Cup against Spain that we can surprise big opponents. We are at home, it will be a good atmosphere and we have that in our favour. It’s important we get a good result.”
And Capello has warned his team not to underestimate Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side, saying: “Switzerland are the strongest team in the group.
“This group is very balanced so we need to win every game. The most important thing is that players understand what we have to do.” (BBC Sport)
All the talk in recent days has of course been about Wayne Rooney’s private life but it is worth remembering that on Friday night the Manchester United man had one of his brightest games in recent months as he helped England comfortably past Bulgaria at Wembley. The 24 year old striker had a hand in two goals and showed some nice touches and Fabio Capello will be looking for more of the same for this tricky trip to Basel.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Swiss side will be no pushovers and arguably this is the toughest fixture on the road to Euro 2012 for England but many will expect Capello and co to come back from trip with three points and a commanding grip on the Group G table.
Fabio Capello’s Pre Match Press Conference
Highlights of the two teams opening Euro 2012 qualifiers.
England 4-0 Bulgaria