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Hart in confident mood

Recent form means England head to Switzerland in the unusual role of underdog, yet Joe Hart is confident they will get their European Championship qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

We are confident. You can listen to outside opinions and stuff like that, but we're all very aware of what we've got inside and who we are at the team, what we possess.

I don't know about [sending a] message, it'll be important to get a result. That's what we need to do.

It's a results business as we learned this summer. Some would say we sent a good message in the way we played football but we didn't win.

I think the points and the winning is the most important thing about this campaign.

– Joe Hart


Jones satisfied with England victory

Jones heads the ball away at Wembley Credit: PA

The win against Norway may not have been particularly pretty but it was one Phil Jones believes was important for England after their miserable World Cup.

"They made it difficult," the defender said. "I thought we started the game really well, took control of the game.

"It was disappointing at the start of the second half. I thought we were a bit slow and sloppy in possession, but I thought we finished the game well.

"You're always going to get teams coming here making it difficult for us, making the pockets of space even tighter for the likes of Raheem (Sterling) and that to get on the ball.

"It is always important to bounce back after really disappointing times."

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