Joleon Lescott says England cannot relax against Swiss

Joleon Lescott
Lescott has enjoyed a successful season with Manchester City

Joleon Lescott says England will not be complacent ahead of Saturday's game with Switzerland despite a comfortable victory last time the teams met.

Fabio Capello's side take on the Swiss at Wembley in qualifying for the European Championships having won 3-1 in Basle last September.

"I don't think any of the boys think we can just step out and win the game," said the Manchester City defender.

"We just have to do what the manager wants. If we do I'm sure we'll win."

England go into the game joint top of Group G with 10 points from four games - the same as Montenegro, who face Bulgaria on Saturday night.

Having had last summer shortened by their involvement in the World Cup, Lescott and his England team-mates could be forgiven for looking forward to their summer holidays but he insisted they would deal with the job in hand first.

"No-one's focused on their break," he said. "Everyone's fully focused on the game. We know how important it's going to be.

"Switzerland are a strong team so if we don't apply ourselves right they're a potential banana skin."

Centre-back Lescott faces a struggle to get into the team, with John Terry and Rio Ferdinand ahead of him in the pecking order, but he said he was happy with this situation as it showed the team's strength in depth.

"They're two of the best in the world and they've been doing it for a number of years so it's no easy task," he said.

"If it was, we wouldn't be the force we are at international level."

England striker Darren Bent has scored in his last three international outings against Switzerland, Denmark and Wales.

He said: "I'm not feeling too much pressure to be honest. Things are going really well for me and I will try to play as well as I can.

"All I can do is keep doing what I'm doing for England and if Fabio Capello keeps selecting me I must be doing something right.

"Whether it's 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 I feel I am capable. Whatever roles he [Capello] picks if I get the nod I'm confident I'll do a good job."