Upson starts for England

Matthew Upson is ready to take the "next step" as England take on Switzerland at Wembley tonight in the first match of Fabio Capello's reign.

The 28-year-old West Ham United defender has won a starting berth for the high-profile friendly having been recalled by his country for the first time since a November 2004 friendly against Spain. Whatever happens, Upson's fine form this season has been all about making progress, with the ever-present continually looking to better himself - first for club and then for country.

"It's the next step for me," he said of his return to the international set-up. "It's just a constant progression now. I have to keep making the next step. Like I said before, I'm willing to do whatever it takes and I'm really hungry for it. I just want to get the best out of myself." Upson is set for a big week as he will return from England duty fully committed to helping his side in league action against the club he left a year ago, Birmingham City.

Despite last Saturday's setback, he sees bright things ahead. "The players have made a really big effort," Upson said. "The manager is pleased with the application of the players on a match day and the results we've picked up. Now to be in touching distance of a potential top eight or even top six finish if we end the season strongly. That would be a really good achievement, given the adversity the squad has had."

Upson's international caps to date (England score first)

Spain Away 0-1 17 November 2004
Denmark Home 2-3 16 November 2003
Liechtenstein Home 2-0 10 September 2003
Croatia Home 3-1 20 August 2003
Slovakia Home 2-1 11 June 2003
Serbia & Mont. Home 2-1 3 June 2003
South Africa Away 2-1 22 May 2003