Follow all the action as England face Switzerland as Gareth Soutgate’s squad continue their preparations for the Qatar World Cup later this year.
England secured their place at the World Cup via a stellar qualifying campaign, winning seven out of eight games to top the group, with Southgate now refining his squad for the tournament. There are unlikely to be huge changes to the side that came so close to glory at the Euros last summer, but the likes of Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell and Kyle Walker-Peters will all have the chance to state their case after receiving maiden call- ups to the senior squad.
There are some notable absentees from the squad, with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both left out, while Ben White will be hoping to put pressure on Harry Maguire’s position in central defense amid the Manchester United captain’s torrid run of form. Tammy Abraham has been in prolific form this season for Roma and has established himself as the clear second-choice striker behind Harry Kane, however, his withdrawal from him due to injury has instead presented Ollie Watkins with another chance to make an impression. Reece James, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Ramsdale are also all unavailable.
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England vs Switzerland
More on Gareth Southgate as he has been asked tough questions about the World Cup being held in Qatar.
Boycotting the tournament would be the most drastic and powerful protest possible, from a group of players who have earned a reputation for speaking out on social issues, but Southgate cast doubt on whether it would be useful in bringing about change.
“I don’t really know what that achieves. It would of course be a big story but this tournament would go ahead,” the England manager said.
“The fact is unfortunately, the biggest issue that is probably non-religious or non-cultural is what happened with the building of the stadiums. There’s nothing we can do about that either sadly.
“I think as soon as we’ve entered the tournament that’s the point we decide. We’ve known for four years or eight years that this is going to be in Qatar.”
Sarah Rendell26 March 2022 15:53
Gareth Southgate eyeing consistency as England kick off build up to World Cup
Gareth Southgate wants consistently high performances as England kick-off their World Cup preparations fresh from seeing Euro 2020 foes Italy showing what can happen if levels drop.
Now just a matter of days away from finding out their opponents in Qatar, the Three Lions are gearing up for the winter tournament with a Wembley double-header.
England will be without several key players for the friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast but Southgate’s preparations have not been thrown off-kilter.
The 51-year-old has proven flexible during challenging moments during his reign and will use this break to help aid their approach to the World Cup.
“Always performance – we want good performances, consistent performances,” the England boss said. “We’re used to having to be adaptable and make changes so that doesn’t worry us.
“Normally, whichever team we put out, we get a consistent level from the players and that’s huge credit to them.
“When you lose players, it’s not that we sit and mope around, it’s just ‘OK, what’s the best solution and how do we adjust to the changes that we’ve got to make?’
“We’ll do that for [these games]it’s an opportunity for everybody to get on the pitch.”
Karl Matchett26 March 2022 15:00