England went into this match without striker Wayne Rooney who was suspended due to a yellow card accummulation. In the absence of Rooney it was puzzling that Capello did not have a place on the subsitutes bench for Peter Crouch, who has an impressive record of 22 goals in 42 England appearances. The home side were trailing Switzerland by two goals within the first 35 minutes. However, the game could have started out differently when Glen Johnson came close to scoring from a Lampard corner, but the Swiss goalkeeper made an early stop.
A couple of minutes prior to Switzerland's first goal, Capello was forced to make his first subsitution of the game when an injured Ashley Cole was replaced by Leighton Baines. Switzerland's goals game in quick succession. Barnetta took a freekick in the 32nd minute. The ball sailed over a number of unmarked Switzerland players and into Hart's goal at the far post. The visitors second goal was thanks to another Barnetta freekick. England had a 2-man wall as Barnetta took the freekick, Milner and Walcott did not remain in their position in the wall and the ball went between them, ending in the net at the near post, off Hart's foot. A two goal deficit at this point in the match is not something England expected.
England plugged away at Switzerland's defense and in the 37th minute Jack Wilshere was brought down in the penalty area. Frank Lampard stepped up to the penalty spot, the ball went under the diving Benaglio. England had managed to claw a goal back going into the break. With fans voicing their disapproval of the first half display, England replaced Lampard with Ashley Young at the interval. This change resulted in England taking a point from this match thanks to Young. In the 51st minute Leighton Baines laid the ball off his chest to Young who fired the ball into the far corner.
As England's grew more confident, their chances to add a third goal improved through Bent and Young, but it was not to be. Full points could have been snatched by either team in the final three minutes of the match when Mehmedi almost scored for Switzerland, and at the other end of the field Downing's shot hit the side netting.
The teams left Wembley, both taking a point with them. England's closest rivals, Montenegro, in qualifying Group G also only managed a draw, so England remain at the top of the group at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Hart #1, Ferdinand #5, A Cole #3 (Baines 30 mins - #14), Terry #6 - Captain, G Johnson #2, Parker #4, Lampard #8 (Young 46 mins - #16), Milner #11, Walcott #7 (Downing 77 mins - #17), Wilshere #10, Bent #9.
Subs Not Used: Green #12, Jagielka #13, Barry #15, Zamora #18. (Full Squad)
Benaglio #1, Senderos #4, Lichtsteiner #2, Ziegler #3, Djourou #20, Barnetta #7 (Emeghara 89 mins - #14), Behrami #11 (Dzemaili 58 mins - #15), Inler #8, Shaqiri #23, Derdiyok #9 (Mehmedi 74 mins - #18), Xhaka #17.
Subs Not Used: Wolfli #12, Von Bergen #5, Margairaz #22, Fernandes #16.
England Goals: Lampard (37 mins), A Young (51 mins)
Switzerland Goals: Barnetta (32 &35 mins)
England Cautions: Wilshere (64 mins), Ferdinand (88 mins)
Switzerland Cautions: Djourou (37 mins), Behrami (45 mins)
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)