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England vs Switzerland predicted XIs: Team news as ‘top tackler’ Tyrick Mitchell eyes up “dream” debut

By Ben Green

England vs Switzerland predicted XIs: Team news as 'top tackler' Tyrick Mitchell eyes up "dream" debut

Published: 9:15, 25 March 2022

England kickstart their 2022 with an international brush-up against Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday evening (5.30pm kick-off, UK time).

Gareth Southgate will begin his preparations for the World Cup and assess his squad with just eight months to go until the quadrennial showpiece kicks off in Qatar. The Three Lions face two friendlies this international break, starting with an all-European clash against Switzerland, before attention turns to Ivory Coast on Tuesday next week.

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England team news vs Switzerland: Saka out, Mitchell eyeing up “dream” debut

It’s not been easy getting a squad together for Southgate, with Bukayo Saka becoming the latest England withdrawal, the sixth one this month. The Arsenal midfielder confirmed on social media that he has tested positive for Covid-19, and has therefore been forced to pull out. He joins Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Aaron Ramsdale as England’s other withdrawals, with that Three Lion quartet pulling out through injury, while Sam Johnstone is also out.

Southgate has a number of uncapped players in his squad as he looks to find his best combination ahead of Qatar 2022, including defensive trio Marc Guehi, Kyle Walker-Peters and Tyrick Mitchell, the latter of whom was handed a late call-up, and has described the career milestone as a “dream come true”. The Crystal Palace left-back is the nation’s current ‘top tackler’, making more tackles than any other England player in Europe’s top five leagues in 2021/22 (90).

“It’s a dream come true for me and for my family,” Mitchell said. “I first lived in Wembley literally less than five minutes away from the stadium and then I moved a bit further out, but it was like 10-15 minutes away so the arch has always been there.

“I’ve always seen it. It’s always been something that when I’ve either been at school playing football or just literally out, I’ve always seen the arch.”

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Predicted England XI vs Switzerland:

  • Pickford; Walker-Peters, White, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham, Mount; Sterling, Foden, Kane. (4-3-3)

Switzerland team news vs England: Yann Sommer withdraws 

Goalkeeper duo Yann Sommer and Philipp Kohn have been forced to pull out through injury, so Switzerland now have a very inexperienced trio of glove-wearers. The combined caps of Murat Yakin’s current three ‘keepers is just three, so the likes of Kane and Sterling will certainly look to exploit that Achilles heel, though in Borussia Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel, you would think the position is covered. Elsewhere, Denis Zakaria and Haris Seferovic also miss out through injury.


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Predicted Switzerland XI vs England:

  • Kobel; Mbabu, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler; Zuber, Shaqiri, Embolo; Gavranovic. (4-2-3-1)

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