Vladimir Petkovic: 'Switzerland are equal to England'

Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic barks the orders against Catania on September 25, 2013
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Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic says that his side are more than a match for England ahead of their meeting in Basel on Monday.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic has said that his side are on an equal level to England ahead of their meeting in Basel on Monday.

England are ranked 20th in the latest world rankings after a group stage exit at this summer's World Cup, while Switzerland are rated ninth.

"I like to be the favourite in a game, but confirmation always comes on the pitch," Petkovic told reporters.

"There's still a lot of respect for England -- no fear, but lots of respect. The Swiss FA during the past 10 years have been doing very well and improved on all levels.

"It's been a good quality improvement. Now we can say we're level with the English team."

England were criticised for a tepid performance in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win over Norway.

England's coach Roy Hodgson gestures during the Group D football match between Costa Rica and England at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 24, 2014
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