England will Defoe win in Switzerland
Just when Fabio Capello thought things may be becoming a little easier for him as England manager following a 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria, revelations about Wayne Rooney's private life have caused massive disruptions to his plans for the tricky trip to face Switzerland in Basle on Tuesday.
The striker has been the subject of reports in the Sunday Press regarding an affair, leading to speculation that he may not even take part in the match. FA sources have indicated that no decision has yet been taken but William Hill are confident he will play, going 11/2 for him not to start the game.
We have some specials regarding the Rooney saga. He is 33/1 to score and reveal a 'sorry' t-shirt during the match. Even that may not be enough to redeem him with Colleen and he is just 6/4 to face divorce proceedings by Christmas. He won't be relishing the next domestic fixture, travelling to Goodison Park to face his former club Everton where is likely to get plenty of stick, he is 6/1 to miss the game.
Rooney was instrumental in all of England's goals at Wembley and would be sorely missed if he failed to make the plane to Switzerland. Whilst Jermain Defoe was the star man with a hat trick Rooney was pulling the strings behind him and Cappello will be desperate for him to make the trip.
The pressure was well and truly on Fabio Capello before these games with many fans and pundits having lost faith in his ability to motivate his players. The pathetic world cup performances left most people disillusioned with the national side and it will take a long time for that to turn around.
The win over Bulgaria was a good boost but the Switzerland match was always going to be tougher prospect. Whilst a draw (12/5) would not be a bad result for England in terms of the group you feel Capello needs a win to keep his detractors at bay until their home game against Montengro in five weeks time.
They showed enough on Friday to suggest there is good potential from his new look team and if Rooney plays and is not distracted I think they can claim a hard fought win. William Hill make England 5/6 to get the three points.
Jermain Defoe was a happy man on Friday scoring a clinical hat trick and he is 4/6 to finish the qualifying campaign as top scorer for England. He is 5/1 to score first and 33/1 to score a hat trick again.
Joe Hart pulled off a couple of great saves at Wembley and it looks like England have found an answer to the longstanding goalkeeper problem. The confident stopper could well be England's number one for many years to come. England fans are rueing Capello's not to start with him in the world cup. They are 10/1 not to concede during the whole campaign.
Switzerland are no mugs as they showed in the world cup beating Spain in their opening game. Ottmar Hitzfeld likes to play an attacking 4-4-2 formation and any frailties in England's rookie international centre back pairing could be exposed if they're not on top form.
Michael Dawson is out with injury meaning Gary Cahill is likely to partner Phil Jagielka. Cahill replaced Dawson at Wembley and put in a composed display but the pairing is still in its infancy and will be an area the Swiss will look to exploit.
In attack for the Swiss Marco Streller could cause the main threat. The FC Basel number nine has eleven international goals from thirty games and is 7/1 to score first.
The Swiss played Australia on Friday drawing 0-0 and I expect another low scoring affair. A draw would not be a disaster for either team and I expect a tight encounter. My main selection for the match would be under 2.5 goals at 8/13.
I think England should nick a goal and would cover both 1-0 (11/2) and 2-0 (15/2) correct scores on an England win.
The game is on Tuesday at 19:45 and is live on Sky Sport 2.