Walcott expects tougher test against Switzerland

England may have scored six goals against San Marino yesterday, with the Arsenal striker Theo Walcott scoring twice, but the fact is that the tiny Republic had a total of zero points before the game and have probably only won one game in their whole history. In fact in the 7 Qualifying games so far San Marino have conceded 25 goals and scored exactly ZERO, so this game can hardly give us a pointer to England’s chances in the Euros next summer.

Conversely, Switzerland have won 5 out of their 7 games and lie just six points behind Roy Hodgson’s men. The reverse fixture was won 2-0 by England but their second goal only came in the 94th minute, so the Swiss have proven they are no pushovers.

Walcott believes Tuesday’s game will give England a bigger threat to their current 100% record. “It’s always difficult when you are away from each other for a long time, but we had an extra day to train this week and everyone knows how it all works,” Walcott told the FA. “We blended well and have been working towards the Switzerland game as much as this one.

“Everyone has been on it in training and it shows the passion and winning mentality is there – that’s what we want in the dressing room.”

“This team is getting better and better but we can improve definitely going in to the tournament and we have a big test on Tuesday. It will be different to today,” Walcott continued. “Now it’s all about recovering and working towards the Switzerland game which will be a completely different test.”

England may be unbeaten in Qualifying, but they really have not come up against any strong teams at all, and Switzerland are definitely the best of a poor bunch. They will have to win this one convincingly if they are to persuade the fans that they have a real chance against the big guns next summer….


  1. Greg says:

    Yes indeed theo switzerland will be a tougher opponent, this match wont be a cake walk for the three lions i assure you!

  2. mohawk says:

    Really? Switzerland tougher than the high and mighty San Marino? Who woulda thunk it?

    (The Swiss are #17 in the FIFA world rankings. San Marino are ranked #193 of 208)

    1. Andrew U says:

      The competition is fierce. Thank goodness for San Marino. Now we can actually see Walcott get a game. Hopefully he won’t injure himself again.

  3. Gigi2 says:

    Lil bit Lil bit….said Robert de Niro

  4. jaweant says:

    How about Rambo for Wales. He’s been amazing box to box.

  5. Twig says:

    Welbz might miss Euro 2016. Our decision not to spend on a striker looking worse by the minute. Dzeko, Pedro, Jovetic, Benteke, Mahrez, Berahino were all available at some point. Probably not at the level of Benzema or Cavani, but solve our number shortage.

  6. AD says:

    can anyone tell when wenger said he is doing work 24 hours a day in transfer market..what actually he was doing
    i think the fans should b made aware abt the targets we were after in this transfer window otherwise how v would knw did he actually tried to sign anyone or not

  7. SoOpa AeoN says:

    just 7 comments so far………Looks like erebody’s bored………….the Articles or ????

  8. wizardry says:

    its time to stop crying over spilled milk and start supporting the team. It was decided that welbeck should go under the knife a week before the TW closed which means Arsene assessed his options and decided not to buy. Therefore, using Welbeck’s injury to justify Wenger’s failure in the transfer market has no merit.

  9. SoOpa AeoN says:

    i hate international breaks……… Wish we could do without!

  10. SoOpa AeoN says:

    and if he grabs 4th and champions league spot at the season’s end…. U will be like “wenger has done his best despite the fact he had Lil at his disposal”……u will remain satisfied with a mediocre effort……then u will fail to Look back at this day and recall how Wenger’s mistakes turn the tides against our favour!

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