Not for the first time this year, an England player found themselves amid controversy concerning his personal life. On this occasion there were allegations regarding Wayne Rooney. However, the matter certainly didn't affect his performance against Bulgaria four days prior to this fixture with Switzerland, and there were no adverse signs this evening, especially when Rooney scored England's opening goal.
Fabio Capello made only one change to his starting eleven from the match at Wembley on Friday, when Joleon Lescott replaced an injured Michael Dawson. England dominated most of the first half, and they were deservedly ahead going into the break. It was almost a year to the day since Wayne Rooney scored his last England goal (7 September 2009). Glen Johnson made a nice run down the right wing, latching on to the ball from Walcott, and sent in a good cross into the penalty area, where Rooney found himself in a great position to knock the ball into Switzerland's goal. Unfortunately though, Walcott lay injured after colliding with Von Bergen, and Capello was forced to make an early substitution with Adam Johnson replacing the young Arsenal player.
Jermaine Defoe and Adam Johnson both had chances to extend England's lead in the first half, with Defoe coming agonisingly close to connecting to a cross from Milner in front of Switzerland's goal. Benaglio managed to punch away a shot from Defoe as half-time approached. The Swiss goalkeeper also made a good save in the 59th minute after a long-range shot from Glen Johnson.
With his name already in Nichola Rizzoli's book, Lichsteiner found himself being shown a second yellow card in the 64th minute for making contact with Milner and not the ball, and thus given his marching orders. Five minutes later, on a wet night, England capitalised on their man advantage when Adam Johnson scored for the second time in two games after a good exchange between Rooney and Gerrard. The Manchester City youngster, released by England's captain, rounded Benaglio to extend England's lead to two goals.
Switzerland pulled a goal back in the 71st minute when Shaqiri blasted a shot from 30 yards, which crashed into the back of England's net. A fantastic goal, Shaqiri's first for his country.
In the closing moments of the match, Darren Bent scored his first goal for England following a lovely through-ball from Ashley Cole. This secured another three points for England, and keeps them at the top of their qualification group.
Benaglio #1, Lichtsteiner #2, Grichting #13, Von Bergen #5, Ziegler #3, Margairaz #22 (Shaqiri 46 mins - #23), Inler #8, Schwegler #6 (Costanzo 83 mins - #20), Degen #15 (Streller 64 mins - #11), Derdiyok #19, Frei #9 - Captain.
Subs Not Used: Wolfli #12, Affolter #4, Fernandes #16, Padalino #14.
Hart #1, G Johnson #2, Jagielka #6, Lescott #5, A Cole #3, Walcott #7 (A Johnson 13 mins - #16), Gerrard #4 - Captain, Barry #8, Milner #11, Defoe #9 (Bent 70 mins - #18), Rooney #10 (Wright-Phillips 79 mins - #17).
Subs Not Used: Foster #12, Gibbs #13, Cahill #14, Carrick #15. (Full Squad)
Switzerland Goal: Shaqiri (71 mins)
England Goals: Rooney (10 mins), A Johnson (69 mins), Bent (88 mins)
Switzerland Dismissal: Lichtsteiner (65 mins)
Switzerland Cautions: Lichtsteiner (58 & 65 mins), Grichting (82 mins)
England Cautions: Milner (60 mins), A Cole (77 mins)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)