FREI RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Switzerland star Alexander Frei has retired from international football with immediate effect. The Basel striker stated that Switzerland's Euro 2012 qualifier away against England on June 4, 2011 will be his last match for the Schweizer Nati.

"I considered many positive wishes, requests and tips from everyone who encouraged me to continue with the national team," the 31-year-old forward was quoted as saying by reporters.

SWISS OCCUPY 21ST PLACE

Switzerland have slipped four places in the latest FIFA rankings. The ranking is led by the same world and European champions Spain. The Iberians are in Holland and Germany. A big leap forward made Montenegro.

The Swiss opponent on 8 October in the European Championship qualifiers improved from rank 73 to the 40th Place. The other group opponents England, Bulgaria and Wales are ranked at positions 6, 54 and 84.

SWISS MISS BARNETTA

Switzerland will be without Barnetta when they face England for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. The 25-year-old midfielder was also the day after the match against Australia (0-0) nor fever. Therefore Ottmar Hitzfeld decided in consultation with team doctor Roland Great, and the player who definitely plan without Barnetta.

SWITZERLAND NAME FINAL SQUAD

Switzerland's coach Otmar Hitzfeld eyed an opening upset win against Spain as he named an experienced 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 world Cup in South Africa.

"We want to win," Hitzfeld replied when he was asked if the Swiss would go for a draw against the European champions in Group H on June 16.

However, the experienced German coach underlined that Spanish concerns about injured stars such as Cesc Fabregas made little difference to the task ahead.

"I don't see any personnel problems with Spain. Spain can field two whole teams," he told reporters.

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NKUFO MOVES TO MLS

The Seattle Sounders FC signed Dutch FC Twente and Switzerland international forward Blaise Nkufo, the Major League Soccer team announced on its website on Thursday.

Nkufo, the all-time scoring leader for Twente with 111 career goals in seven seasons, will join the Sounders after competing with the Swiss national team at the World Cup this summer.

BERNER WANTS WORLD CUP CALL

Leicester City left-back Bruno Berner has not given up hope of winning his place back in the Switzerland side ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

But Berner, whose goal against Nottingham Forest on Saturday set the Foxes on the way to a 3-0 win, told BBC Radio Leicester time is running out.

The 32-year-old, who has won 16 caps, was left out of the national squad for next week's friendly against Uruguay.

He said: "I'm ready but there is not much time left so it'll be difficult."

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