Published 26 March 2022 7 min read
England Men's Senior Team
England kick-off 2022 with win over Switzerland
- L. Shaw (46′)
- H. Kane (78′PEN)
An Alzheimer's Society International Friendlies 1
Saturday 26 March, 05:30 PM Wembley Stadium
HT: 1 - 1
- B. Embolo (22′)
Goals from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane secure a win for England over Switzerland in the Alzheimer's Society International at Wembley
27 Mar 2022 6:32
Highlights: England 2-1 Switzerland
See the best of the action from Wembley with our highlights package of the game
Harry Kane and Luke Shaw struck for England as the Three Lions came from a goal down to beat Switzerland 2-1 at Wembley.
After a quiet start it was the visitors who saw the best of play in the opening 30 minutes, with Breel Embolo’s 22nd-minute header putting the visitors ahead.
The Swiss created more opportunities to score, though could not take them and after a strong end to the half Shaw hit a sweet strike to level in the closing stages of the opening period.
And after a second half in which England largely controlled play, Kane’s 78th-minute penalty helped seal victory in the side’s first match of 2022.
It was a low-key opening from both sides with Kane making a couple of runs into the box early on, though neither time was he able to get a shot away.
And it was Conor Gallagher who had the first clear-cut chance of the contest, cutting inside and seeing his 14th-minute effort headed over for a corner.
Switzerland grew into the contest and Jordan Pickford was forced into a strong save from Granit Xhaka’s 18-yard effort.
And in the aftermath it was the visitors who took the lead, Embolo meeting a looping cross from Xherdan Shaqiri and calmly heading into the bottom corner
Switzerland maintained their pressure with Shaqiri’s curling effort deflected wide, and Fabian Frei’s fierce volley tipped onto the bar by a stretching Pickford.
Embolo almost added a second, shooting wide from eight yards after Pickford had stopped Ricardo Rodriguez’s 20-yard volley - after Shaqiri had hit the post from an initial corner.
However, England were able to wrest back some control in the final stages of the first half and equalised in added time.
Following a well-worked break the ball fell at the feet of Shaw on the edge of the box, who received Gallagher’s cross and rifled a low strike in the bottom corner to level proceedings.
England started the second half strongly, and debutant Marc Guehi and Conor Coady both came close to scoring in the 53rd minute.
From a Shaw corner, Guehi won the header but was off balance and skewed it across goal, with Coady unable to reach it for what would have likely been a simple tap-in.
Match Line Up
With half an hour to go both teams made several changes, with Tyrick Mitchell notably brought on for his England debut.
And he made an immediate impact with a 70th-minute cross fed delightfully through to Kane, though the forward's header was safely dealt with by keeper Jonas Omlin.
Ben White came close to a maiden international goal shortly afterwards, but his effort sailed just over the bar.
England maintained their pressure and after Steven Zuber’s handball, they were awarded a penalty following a lengthy VAR check.
Kane placed the ball and the spot and powerfully struck the ball past Omlin, scoring a 49th international goal and putting England ahead for the first time.
And Coady nearly added a third with his header saved, but it did not matter as a calm final ten minutes meant England were able to close proceedings out.
England: 1. Jordan Pickford (Everton), 14. Ben White (Arsenal), 6. Conor Coady (Wolves), 4. Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), 2. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton), 8. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 7. Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, on loan from Chelsea), 3. Luke Shaw (Manchester United), 10. Phil Foden (Manchester City), 11. Mason Mount (Chelsea), 9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Substitutes: 17. Declan Rice (West Ham) for Gallagher 61’, 23. Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) for Shaw 61’, 16. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) for Mount 62’, 20. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) for Walker-Peters 62’, 18. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) for Foden 80’, 19. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) for Kane 88’
Substitutes not used: 12. Harry Maguire (Manchester United), 13. Nick Pope (Burnley), 15. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), 21. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), 22. Fraser Forster (Southampton)
Goals: Shaw 45+1’, Kane 78’
Switzerland: 12. Jonas Omlin, 3. Silvan Widmer, 5. Manuel Akanji, 6. Alexander Frei, 13. Ricardo Rodriguez, 8. Remo Freuler, 10. Granit Xhaka, 11. Renato Steffen, 23. Xherdan Shaqiri, 17. Ruben Vargas, 7. Breel Embolo
Substitutes: 2. Kevin Mbabu for Widmer 36', 20. Andri Zeqiri for Steffen 62’, 14. Steven Zuber for Freuler 63’, 15. Djibril Sow for Vargas 63’, 22. Michel Aebischer for Shaqiri 80’
Substitutes not used: 1. David von Ballmoos, 4. Nico Elvedi, 9. Nmesoma Okafor, 16. Jordan Lotomba, 18. Eray Comert, 19. Mario Gavranovic, 21. Gregor Kobel
Goals: Embolo 22’