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Forest tinged England memories - part ii: Nottingham Forest beat Switzerland

With the international break upon us, it seems an appropriate time to retreat into the comfort of nostalgia and recall the days when the national team regularly called upon Nottingham Forest to lend them some players.

Ian Walton

With Euro 96 and ‘Three Lions’ and all that just around the corner, England warmed up with a friendly against Switzerland (creditably managed by Roy Hodgson) in November of 1995. The Swiss were no mugs and would provide a stern test. Indeed, they would frustrate England in the opening game of Euro  96 and hold them to a 1-1 draw.

But that was later and this was now. Stuart Pearce blasted an equaliser just before half time with, admittedly, a deflected effort from the edge of the area. Edward Sheringham nodded England into the lead after the restart. Although he had left Trentside for the bright lights of that there London, this needn’t get in the way for a good story developing from a Forest perspective. Finally, Steve Stone got himself on the score sheet with a close range tap in from a suspiciously offside position.

No matter. Our beloved club had made a huge contribution to the victory. In fact, Nottingham Forest, one might say, had defeated Switzerland 3-1.