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ES | England vs Switzerland live

ES | England vs Switzerland live

    43 mins: Switzerland are so open to the counter. Shaqiri breaks away with the ball and finds Drmic in plenty of space but the striker drags his effort wide. He should have done better there. England are going to be punished at some point if they keep playing like this.
    9/8/2015 7:33:59 PM
    David Beckham's son Romeo led Rooney out before the game, if you haven't heard.

    And I'm guessing it is going to make ITV's highlights reel...

    9/8/2015 7:34:07 PM


    A frustrating half for Hodgson's side, who looked worse as time wore on. Improvement is needed after the break.
    9/8/2015 7:34:54 PM

    England get us back underway for the second half. Things can only get better, right?
    9/8/2015 7:48:11 PM
    47 mins: Impressive build up sees Barkley find Sterling on the flank and the Manchester City man shimmies on the ball before pinging it back to his teammate. Barkley tries to curl one but a defender nods it away.

    A better sight of goal than England had in the whole first half.
    9/8/2015 7:51:03 PM
    50 mins: CLOSE! Oxlade-Chamberlain weaves his way down the right flank, reaches the byline and floats the ball towards the back post. Rooney directs his header goalwards but it's easily collected.
    9/8/2015 7:54:04 PM
    52 mins: Shelvey is getting on the ball now and picking his passes. England are benefiting from better service from the flanks and some dangerous crosses are being put into the box.
    9/8/2015 7:55:55 PM
    The worst England manager of all time? Very harsh from Banares! 

    Same old England total rubbish Hodgson is clueless worst England manager everbanares hussainat 8:54 PM

    9/8/2015 7:59:04 PM
    57 mins: Changes are afoot for England. Kane comes on for Shelvey and the side's shape is going to change.
    9/8/2015 8:00:57 PM
    Rooney has dropped behind the Spurs striker and Hodgson seems to have opted for a 4-2-3-1.
    9/8/2015 8:02:03 PM
    62 mins: Switzerland make a sub with Drmic replaced by Emobolo. The 18-year-old is an absolute unit. Only a late linesman's flag denies him a tap in with his first touch. England were lucky there.
    9/8/2015 8:07:16 PM
    66 mins: Kane has looked lively since he's come on and fires a fierce drive at goal from long range. It doesn't trouble the 'keeper but he's trying his best to make something happen.
    9/8/2015 8:09:13 PM

    67 mins: There we go. The Spurs man gets his goal. Four internationals and three goals, a superb finished from the edge of the area with his left foot.
    9/8/2015 8:10:18 PM
    Could that give the Hurrikane the confidence to score for Spurs this weekend? Maybe.

    But for now he's bailed England out because they probably don't deserve the lead.
    9/8/2015 8:12:46 PM
    Kane is certainly pressing for a a starting berth, isn't he?

    71 mins: Smalling is booked for a foul on Shaqiri but the referee might have got that one wrong. The United defender looked like he got his fair share of the ball.
    9/8/2015 8:14:28 PM
    72 mins: Shaqiri is lurking over the ball with intent but his effort doesn't even get over the wall. The Wembley crowd liked that one. Yes - people are still in attendance even if the atmosphere has been flat as a pancake.
    9/8/2015 8:15:42 PM
    The man of the moment....

    (Sorry Wayne)

    9/8/2015 8:20:38 PM
    77 mins: Centre back Schar almost embarrasses England as he breaks forward and bundles through a couple of challenge before Cahill finally edges out his opposite number.
    9/8/2015 8:23:26 PM
    83 mins: PENALTY!

    Sterling is taken down inside the box and Rooney has his big chance...
    9/8/2015 8:25:58 PM
    Here we go. The moment we've all been waiting for....
    9/8/2015 8:26:13 PM
    GOAL! Rooney makes no mistake and smashes the ball home. He's out on his own; the greatest goalscorer England has ever seen.
    9/8/2015 8:26:59 PM
    David Beckham leads the applause with a slow (ridiculously cool) clap.
    9/8/2015 8:28:19 PM
    9/8/2015 8:30:45 PM
    88 mins: The game is ebbing towards a close now. England know the job is done and Switzerland know they are beaten. Kane is still running around like his life depends on it.
    9/8/2015 8:31:26 PM

    9/8/2015 8:37:12 PM
    It certainly wasn't pretty but England got the job done and it's eight wins from eight.

    Maybe it's not as bad as we all make out sometimes? That's a record you can't argue with.
    9/8/2015 8:37:59 PM
    The same can be said for Rooney. The forward's army of detractors is a huge one but he will now be referred to as England's all time record goalscorer.

    That's got a nice ring to it and will soon be brought up in any argument regarding the Manchester United striker's career as a whole.
    9/8/2015 8:39:21 PM
    There were some solid performance out there from Shaw and Shelvey - in the second half - but it's Kane that is likely to receive the most plaudits.

    The 22-year-old is a superb option and is in contention to start England's next Group game given the impact he made tonight.
    9/8/2015 8:40:42 PM
    Switzerland are a solid side but, in truth, if England have aspirations to reach the latter stages of Euro 2016 they should be seeing them off and a pair of 2-0 victories is a solid return.
    9/8/2015 8:41:41 PM
    That moment when you become England's all-time record goalscorer....

    9/8/2015 8:43:14 PM
    That brings an end to our coverage of tonight's game. It wasn't a thriller but Rooney and Roy's boys both got the job done in the end.

    If you don't want to dissect the Three Lions' performance then take solace in the fact that the Premier League bandwagon rolls back into town on Saturday....

    Everton vs Chelsea
    Arsenal vs Stoke
    Man Utd vs Liverpool

    Now there's something we can all smile about! Standard Sport will bring you coverage of all the games so be sure to drop by! Goodnight!
    9/8/2015 8:47:05 PM
    9/8/2015 9:06:40 PM
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