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Switzerland World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus Portugal and star players

10:00 EAT 06/12/2022
Switzerland World Cup squad Embolo Xhaka Shaqiri
Which players will Switzerland boss Murat Yakin pick for their last-16 tie against Portugal?

Switzerland are playing in their fifth consecutive World Cup, having survived the group stages in three of their last four attempts.

They shocked reigning European champions Italy in their qualification group to book their ticket for the finals and also showed their immense potential in the UEfA Nations League earlier this year as they recorded wins over Spain and Portugal.

Switzerland did not have the ideal start in Qatar as they drew and lost against Cameroon and Brazil, respectively, in their first two matches.

But they responded well in the final group game and beat Serbia to book a knockout berth.

How far will Murat Yakin's side go in this World Cup?

  • Yann Sommer of Borussia Mönchengladbach

    GOALKEEPERS

    Borussia Monchengladbach's Yann Sommer has been the undisputed No.1 for Switzerland and Jonas Omlin, Gregor Kobel and Philipp Kohn continue to fight it out to be the Borussia Monchengladbach keeper's back-up.

    Name

    Club

    Yann Sommer

    Borussia Monchengladbach

    Jonas Omlin

    Montpellier

    Gregor Kobel

    Dortmund

    Philipp Kohn

    Salzburg

  • Manuel Akanji Manchester City 2022-23

    DEFENDERS

    Nico Elvedi, Silvan Widmer, Fabian Schar and Ricardo Rodriguez are all in, while Manchester City's Manuel Akanji is leading by example at the back.

    However, Fulham's Kevin Mbabu has been left out after a tough start to life at Craven Cottage.

    Name

    Club

    Ricardo Rodriguez

    Torino

    Fabian Schar

    Newcastle United

    Manuel Akanji

    Manchester City

    Nico Elvedi

    Borussia Monchengladbach

    Silvan Widmer

    Mainz 05

    Eray Comert

    Valencia

  • XHERDAN SHAQIRI SWITZERLAND

    MIDFIELDERS

    In-form Arsenal star Granit Xhaka is the captain of the Swiss side in this World Cup. Chelsea's Denis Zakaria, who has only played once for the club since his summer loan move from Juventus, is yet to start a game for his national team. On the other hand, Nottingham Forest's Remo Freuler is partnering Xhaka at the centre of the park.

    Name

    Club

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    Chicago Fire

    Granit Xhaka

    Arsenal

    Remo Freuler

    Nottingham Forest

    Denis Zakaria

    Chelsea

    Djibril Sow

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Renato Steffen

    Lugano

    Fabian Frei

    Basel

    Michel Aebischer

    Bologna

    Ardon Jashari

    Luzern

    Edimilson Fernandes

    Mainz

    Fabian Rieder

    Young Boys

  • Haris Seferovic

    ATTACKERS

    Highly-rated Augsburg star Ruben Varags and Breel Embolo have been entrusted with the responsibility to score the goals.

    Name

    Club

    Haris Seferovic

    Galatasaray

    Breel Embolo

    Monaco

    Ruben Vargas

    Augsburg

    Noah Okafor

    RB Salzburg

    Christian Fassnacht

    Young Boys

  • SWITZERLAND STAR PLAYERS

    Experienced skipper Granit Xhaka is the most influential figure in Switzerland along with former Inter and Bayern Munich player Xherdan Shaqiri and Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji.

  • SWITZERLAND PREDICTED XI VS PORTUGAL

    Sommer is set to guard the goal behind a four-man defence consisting of Widmer, Akanji, Schar and Rodriguez.

    Freuler and Xhaka add stability to the midfield, with the likes of Shaqiri, Sow and Vargas supporting Embolo up top.

    Switzerland XI (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo