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Match Time: September 7, 2010, 18:45 GMT

How Fabio Capello must dread opening up English newspapers. Saturday's fare was full of grace and favour for the Italian, with a 4-0 victory against Bulgaria to cherish, and a strikeforce pairing to get excited about it. Sunday's tidings will have placed Capello's head in his hands as yet another of his leading players has suffered the fickle finger of that good old English tradition - the kiss n' tell, warts n'all tabloid sting.

Now England's coach will have to field a series of questions that are in no way related to football matters, and perhaps even deal with his star man suffering a crisis off the field. Wayne Rooney's peccadilloes are sure to dominate front- and back-page agendas for some time to come. And all this will be going on when England face what is likely the most difficult trip of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Switzerland and Basel offer the first genuine test of Capello Mark II. The Swiss are coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld, the German coach who has a better record in club management than his England counterpart. Indeed, Hitzfeld won two Champions League titles to Capello's one, and with different clubs too. The Swiss have also qualified for their last three tournaments, while also hosting Euro 2008. Hitzfeld took over after that tournament and his charges only lost one qualifier for the World Cup just gone.

What is best remembered about the Swiss in South Africa is that they were the only team to beat Spain but also failed to make the second round, after losing to Chile and only drawing 0-0 with hapless Honduras. Yet Hitzfeld's popularity levels are not in the depths that Capello still finds himself in and the German has promised a more expansive approach from his team. Capello meanwhile, must negotiate another soap opera before being allowed to concentrate on the job in hand.

England player to watch: Wayne Rooney

This section was supposed to be about a highly positive showing at Wembley on Friday, where a withdrawn Wayne was able to turn playmaker and provider for Jermain Defoe's hat-trick against the Bulgarians. It was Rooney's best performance since injury struck in Munich in March, and he looked relaxed and comfortable, an outward veneer that perhaps hid what was coming on Sunday. Now, the best that can be hoped for is that Rooney allows his football to do the talking. After all, there will be plenty of talking about the rest of his life.

Switzerland player to watch: Gelson Fernandes

The scorer of one of just two goals that eventual champions Spain conceded in South Africa, Fernandes may be familiar to English audiences as he spent two years at Manchester City, for whom Sven-Goran Eriksson signed the midfielder in 2007 and hailed him as the "best young player in Switzerland". Set to play in the midfield engine room, his poise and class on the ball, married to no little athleticism, will provide a test for Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and (should he drop back into what is bound to be a crowded midfield area) Wayne Rooney.

Key battle: Eren Derdiyok v Gary Cahill

News of Michael Dawson's injury is far better than expected but Capello looks likely turn to a highly inexperienced defender in Bolton's Gary Cahill a player in whom the Italian expressed his confidence in the aftermath of the Bulgaria victory. With Phil Jagielka as the ball-playing centre-back, Cahill will play as a stopper and will likely face Derdiyok, the man who scored the first goal against Capello's England in February 2008. The Bayer Leverkusen striker will lead the line for Hitzfeld, with veteran Alexander Frei playing off him.

Trivia: Switzerland are reigning World Cup Under-17 champions, after winning their title in Nigeria last year. The youngsters' first graduate to the senior team was Nassim Ben Khalifa, who made his international debut in August against Austria.

Stats: England last met Switzerland in a European Championship qualifier way back in 1971, and the match was drawn 1-1 with goals from Mike Summerbee and Karl Odermatt.

Odds: Switzerland are 4.00 to win, with England offered at 1.83 and the draw offered at 3.30 at Bet 365. Rooney to score first and England to win 1-0 comes in at 16.00.

Prediction: That Wayne Rooney loses his temper at some point& and the match is drawn 0-0.


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