Switzerland were last night accused of making a giant mistake over Rangers’ Cedric Itten after their Euro 2020 hopes were on a knife edge following Wales’ confirmed qualification to the KO stages.
The Alpine stars came into the Euros with high hopes of securing the runners’ up spot, only to be demolished by Italy, and held by Wales, with their single win over Turkey only leaving them with a thin chance of qualification as a third-placed side.
But it’s the goals they could have scored which saw their leading Euro qualifiers, Itten, left in Scotland and overlooked entirely for this on ‘fitness’ grounds, despite his goals helping them comfortably to the top of a group which included Denmark and being that top scorer for his country.
For a goal shy nation, the Itten blunder really could have cost them a place in the KO stages, and sure, the Rangers man hasn’t got a lot of minutes this season, but it’s not like he has none and he is certainly experienced enough at international level to deliver.
He has kept his head high, and admitted he’ll focus on Qatar now, but he really wanted to be there and his NT boss really was a bit short-sighted in overlooking him.
Could well have been the difference between second and third place.