ngland begin life in 2022 with a friendly against Switzerland at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
With Qatar just around the corner now, Gareth Southgate has but a few games in which to prepare his team for the tournament, with the next break coming during the UEFA Nations League schedule in June.
Rather unhelpfully, Southgate has to had to deal with a number of dropouts for this camp, which also includes a friendly against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday.
Still, having finished 2021 so strongly, excitement is in the air. After the run to the Euro 2020 final, the mood inside Wembley has been revamped and even reasonably low-key friendlies have taken on a different kind of atmosphere.
With the World Cup so close, players are fighting for their places in the squad, which should make for an interesting few games.
Here’s all you need to know about this one.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The friendly is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday March 26, 2022.
Wembley Stadium in London will host.
Where to watch England vs Switzerland
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch it through the Sky Go App.
LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
England vs Switzerland team news
Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has pulled out of the squad after testing positive for Covid.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James having pulled out through injury, perhaps there will be a chance to see Kyle Walker-Peters in an England shirt for the first time after the Southampton defender was added to the squad. The same goes for Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Michell on the opposite flank.
For the away side, goalkeeper Yann Sommer joins Denis Zakaria and Haris Seferovic on the injury table. Fabian Schar, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, however, all should start.
England vs Switzerland prediction
The Swiss certainly gave a good account of themselves at Euro 2020 and are undoubtedly a solid enough international side.
Still, with England on a roll, a home win looks likely.
England to win 3-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
England wins: 18
Switzerland wins: 3