On Tuesday night the top two teams in Group E meet at Wembley. With two games of the qualifying group each to go, England have qualified for the finals in France next year whilst Switzerland lie second in the group.


England to win at 8/11 BetVictor

The relevant group standings are as follows

England 21 points

Switzerland 15 points

Estonia 10 points

Slovenia 9 points

All teams have played seven of ten games. The top two qualify automatically, the third place teams goes into the two legged qualification play-off against a third placed finisher from another group

England recorded a routine 6-0 victory over San Marino at the weekend to secure qualification in a match in which Wayne Rooney’s penalty enabled him to match the England goal-scoring record of 49 goals held by Bobby Charlton

For Tuesday’s much tougher task, we are likely to see Cahill, Sterling and Kane return to the line up in place of the likes of John Stones, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy who gained valuable international experience in San Marino but wouldn’t currently be first choice for the tougher games.

Switzerland are still in second place in Group E after they came back from two goals down to beat Slovenia in Basel last weekend. Goals either side of half time looked to have given the visitors victory at St Jakob’s Park. However, in the last fifteen minutes a brace from substitute Josip Drmic allied to a goal from Valentin Stocker turned things round and gave Switzerland a late victory

“The craziest 14 minutes in the history of the national team,” was Blick’s take on a remarkable comeback.

English based players in the squad are Behrami (Watford), Shaqiri (Stoke) and Inler (Leicester) whilst Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner is a class act

Drmic, of Borussia Monchengladbach, and Shaqiri each have four goals in Euro 2016 qualifying so far

Knowing that Estonia have to play England and themselves in their last two games of the group, a draw would be a very good result for Switzerland here. A draw also wins England the group barring a remarkable reversal in goal difference in the final games, so it may not be the most end to end game come Tuesday night.

Best odds for the game are as follows

England 8/11 BetVictor

Draw 3/1 William Hill

Switzerland 5/1 Betfred

England have won seven out of seven games in the group, and although the draw is a tempting price, I think the most likely result is a narrow England win, 1-0 perhaps (6-1 with 888Sport). Wayne Rooney is 7/2 favourite with Bet365 to be the first goal-scorer and claim the national record.


England to win at 8/11 BetVictor