5 Things We Learned From Switzerland 0-2 England


1. England must stick to a 4-3-3

Hodgson got his tactics all wrong in Brazil and, quite frankly, got off lightly for it. England were swamped in midfield when they played a 4-2-3-1, which all too quickly became a 4-4-2, with Steven Gerrard’s legs unable to cover the gaps. Last night proved that given this England team’s relative inexperience, a 4-3-3 suits them best. While some say Wilshere is wasted in the deep role, the dynamics are much better with three central players. Well done Roy, your bravery paid off!

 

2. Hodgson can breathe again

He may have been in denial, but the pressure was starting to ramp up on Roy Hodgson before the trip to Basel. A dismal World Cup followed by a lacklustre performance against Norway had the media on his back, but Hodgson has pulled a big result out of the bag and in doing so has bought himself some much-needed breathing space.

 

3. Welbeck proves his doubters wtrong

When Arsenal signed Welbeck on transfer deadline day, the cynics suggested he was Arsene Wenger’s ideal striker: one that cannot score. But last night proved that when Welbeck is played in his best position – out and out striker – he is a threat. His first goal may have been shinned in, but his second was a calm, very assured finish.

 

4. England's defence must improve

While England kept a clean sheet in Switzerland, something few teams manage, England’s defence was cut open several times. Joe Hart made a couple of vital saves and England had Gary Cahill to thank for his goal-line clearance. If England can strengthen their back line and settle on a back four, their improvement will be fast-tracked.

 

5. Switzerland already have their work cut out to qualify

Losing at home to your main rivals is not a good way to start qualification. Already, Switzerland can afford no slip-ups and in all likelihood will have to avoid defeat at Wembley to keep their hopes of topping the group alive. Switzerland are in transition following the arrival of Vladimir Petkovic as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s replacement – and the new man is already under some pressure.

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