England host Switzerland at London's Wembley Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in a Euro 2016 qualifier, with one English legend looking to join the record books. Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is just one goal away from becoming England's all-time leading goal scorer and surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's scoring record as he chases goal No. 50.
"It would mean a lot to my family," said Rooney. "To my wife and my parents and for my children when they have grown up to see my achievements."
Rooney scored the opening goal against heavy underdog San Marino, in a 6-0 thumping on Saturday. He is expected to start against Switzerland.
England are assured a spot in Euro 2016 with a perfect record after seven games, but still need a point to secure a first-place finish in Group E with three games remaining. They will be facing a Swiss side that have won five of seven games in group play, and boast 12 players who currently play in the Bundesliga. In their previous meeting in Sept. 2014, England defeated Switzerland in Zurich, 2-0.
"We have definitely moved forward since we played England last year," said Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic. "The main difference is we've got to know each other better."
Roy Hodgson's side have not lost a match since the 2014 World Cup. The defense has been particularly strong since their trip to Brazil, having allowed just five goals in 11 matches.
Against Switzerland, England will be be without midfielder Michael Carrick after he suffered a calf injury in warmups before the match against San Marino. Hodgson stated that England have enough options to supplant the veteran.
"We have Fabian Delph, who played well in the game, we have Ryan Mason, we have James Milner, who is capable of playing in other positions," Hodgson said.
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. EDT
TV Channel: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ITV 1 (U.K.)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Prediction: England over Switzerland, 2-1