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Lads back in Euro action

Posted on 7 September 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe will be our only England representative as the Three Lions face Switzerland in Euro 2012 qualifying tonight.

Lads back in Euro action

Jermain Defoe will be our only England representative as the Three Lions face Switzerland in Euro 2012 qualifying tonight.

And the in-form striker will look to build on his hat-trick heroics in the 4-0 win against Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday night.

That was the first time a Spurs player has bagged a treble for England in World Cup or European Championship football and JD's partnership with Wayne Rooney impressed coach Fabio Capello.

"Sometimes over the course of a season it is like players have a chemical moment," said Capello. "I can see that in them now.

"Against Bulgaria, Defoe's movement was fantastic and Rooney's passing was fantastic."

JD's team-mates Michael Dawson and Peter Crouch have been forced out of the squad by injury.

Our quartet of Croatians - Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar, Vedran Corluka and loanee Stipe Pletikosa - face Greece at home in Group F having beaten Latvia on Friday.

Rafael Van der Vart lines-up for Holland against Finland in Rotterdam having kick-started Group E with a 5-0 win against San Marino.

Robbie Keane will lead the Republic of Ireland out against Andorra at the all-new Aviva Stadium after a 1-0 win in Armenia in Group B. In the same group, fellow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is back in Russia for a home fixture against Slovakia. Russia beat Andorra 2-0 away on Friday.

Alan Hutton is in the Scotland squad preparing for a home game against Liechtenstein in Group I.

In Under-21 action, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker face a big night for England as they attempt to reach the European Championship finals in Denmark next year.

Greece clinched the group by beating Macedonia on Saturday and England now need to qualify as one of the best four runners-up from 10 qualifying groups. All 10 winners and the four best runners-up go into the play-offs with the seven play-off winners joining hosts Denmark in the finals.

It means the Three Lions have to beat Lithuania by as big a margin as possible tonight at Colchester's new Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Finally, Giovani is in friendly action for Mexico against Columbia.