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Robbie: Beware the Swiss!

Posted on 16 June 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Robbie Keane has warned England not to write off the challenge of the Swiss.

Having lost against France on Sunday, Emgland face Switzerland in a must-win match on Thursday before concluding the group stage against Croatia on Monday. Switzerland drew 0-0 with Croatia in their opener.

Robbie knows all about the threat posed by the Swiss, who overcame the Republic of Ireland twice during Group 10 qualification - winning 2-1 in Dublin and 2-0 in Basle. The striker insists they are not a side to be underestimated.

"They are a tough side and did well against us in the two games - it is going to be a difficult game for England," said Robbie.

"When you are playing in championship games - I don't care what anybody says - in that environment there are no easy games. It is going to be a tough game for England and I just hope that people don't expect them to walk all over Switzerland. It is going to be a lot harder than that."

Switzerland might not possess the most instantly recognisable individuals in the tournament, but Robbie points out that they do perform as a very effective team.

"If you tried to compare them with a Premiership equivalent they would be a bit like Charlton. They really work hard for each other, there aren't really any superstar players, but they have got a unit that works for them."