Wayne Rooney has called on England to “step it up” against Switzerland following their laboured 1-0 win against Norway last night.
The Three Lions huffed and puffed to victory against the Scandinavians in a half-full Wembley, with the captain netting the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
After the disappointment of the World Cup campaign – in which England failed to register a win and were eliminated from the competition after two games – the result in the friendly tie did little to lighten the mood, with some predicting that Roy Hodgson’s men will struggled against Switzerland in their EURO 2016 qualifier on Monday.
Rooney – who skippered the team for the first time yesterday following Steven Gerrard’s retirement from international duty – knows that game in Basle will be tougher, and has called on the squad to perform to their full potential:
“We have to step it up. We know Switzerland are a good team.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“We know we have to be better than we were against Norway to get a good result and get a victory against a good side like Switzerland.
“We have four days to prepare. We will work hard and we’ll be ready. Hopefully we can come back with a victory.
“Norway was a big game for us coming back after such a disappointment at the World Cup. It was important to get the win.”