England U21 v Switzerland U21 Preview

Gareth Southgate’s young Lions will be looking to get back to winning ways at Brighton’s Amex after their underwhelming draw against Bosnia& Herzegovina last week.

Tonight England faces a Switzerland side that are so far unbeaten in European qualifying, and are currently on a streak of five games without defeat.

The Suisse have a striker who is currently in good form; Haris Tabakovic has scored two from four; so the English defence will have to make sure they can nullify the in-form forward.

England are currently unbeaten in this qualifying campaign, but their draw in Bosnia meant it was the first time they had dropped qualifying points in two years.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse in action against Bosnia last week
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse in action against Bosnia last week

Speaking in his pre-match Southgate said: “These early fixtures are all of real importance for us and after looking at videos of other matches in the group; this qualifying group is definitely tougher than last time.

After the disappointment of Euro 2015; the road to Poland represents another chance for Southgate to bed in new players in the hope of challenging the likes of Spain and Germany for the crown.

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Southgate will be without Dele Alli and Eric Dier as they have been drafted into Roy Hodgson’s senior side; but he could be boosted by the return of Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe and Everton defender Tyias Browning.

And after giving Dominic Solanke his debut against Bosnia; it looks as though he will continue to partner Chuba Akpom for tonight’s encounter.

With tickets being priced at £10 for adults, and £5 for concessions (U18, Over 65s, and students) it should be a cracking family atmosphere at the Amex, as the England U21’s hope to continue up the ante, as the road to Poland carries on.


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