England maintained their unbeaten status in their qualifying campaign for UEFA’s 2017 European Under-21 Championship by drawing 1-1 in Switzerland on Saturday night.
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom, who is currently on loan at Hull City, opened the scoring shortly after half time, following a superb run and cross from Leicester City winger Demarai Gray.
The result leaves England three points clear at the top of Group nine, having taken 11 points from a possible 15.
All in all, it was a good night for Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions, despite Florian Kamberi’s 76th-minute equaliser.
However, one England player who probably enjoyed the game less than most was John Swift.
Twenty-year-old Chelsea midfielder Swift had to leave the field inside the opening half an hour, as the result of an ankle injury.
Swift, who has spent this season on loan at Brentford, was caught on the Achilles by the studs of Switzerland defender Florent Hadergjonaj in the 10th minute of the game.
Hadergjonaj was shown a yellow card for the foul and, although he battled on for just over 15 minutes, Swift was eventually subbed off and replaced by Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe.
Swift’s injury probably looked worse than it was, but the sight of his white sock soaked in blood as he was treated by the England medical staff was not for the squeamish.
John Swift injury
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