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Wayne Rooney claim “exciting times” for England ahead of Switzerland clash

"I think not to get beat and give Switzerland the upper hand from the first game is vital"

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Rooney looking forward to leading out Three Lions in Basel on Monday night

England start their Euro 2016 qualification campaign against Switzerland, with Wayne Rooney looking for his team to achieve a positive result against a side who will be their main rivals for top spot.

The Swiss reached the last sixteen of the 2014 World Cup and Rooney is hoping that the absence of Daniel Sturridge doesn’t prove costly for this qualifier in Basel.

“It is important to start the qualifying campaign off with a good result,” he said.

“It is important to try and win the game, but I think not to get beat and give Switzerland the upper hand from the first game is vital.”

Indeed, all signs point to the possibility of a goalless draw against the Swiss, with England looking to stay compact for the match and take chances on the counter-attack as and when they become available.

“It’s exciting times,” he said. “The Italy and Uruguay games were disappointing results, but I thought we did well in both games.

“It could have gone either way, but we lost and we’re out. We played some great attacking football.

“The lads who were at that tournament have gained vital experience from the tournament.”

The best bet could be No Goalscorer and bet365 are offering 6/1 that this happens in the match between England and Switzerland.