POSTED: 3 June 2011
At the moment, Wembley Stadium is not the happiest place for any Englishman. Understandable, really: the second Manchester United Champions League defeat care of Barca, this time with the added sting of being on English soil. I guess the experts were wrong: crowd support could not hold up Manchester United.
But a slight hope of redemption is on the horizon, in the form of the full English team meeting Switzerland for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. The game is set for Wembley – the scene of the 3-1 massacre.
The English team can breathe a tad easier for this one. Under the coaching of Fabio Capello, they managed to defeat Switzerland the last 2 times they met, and the most recent one was in Switzerland’s own turf. In fact I may be inclined to say that their chances are quite favourable: 3 wins and 1 draw in the European Championship, against Switzerland’s 1 win, 2 losses and 1 draw. And even without Rooney, the English team will be strong enough to face Switzerland.
This next match is no Champions League, and maybe the stench of spilt English blood will remain in the air for a few more weeks. But I reckon there’s something to be said about English supporters’ most recent memory of Wembley involving a win, not a slaughter. The journey to healing is slow; I believe it begins with this next match.
Verdict: England to win by a mile