Big day for Behrami

Valon Behrami is looking forward to helping Switzerland get back on track for World Cup qualification this weekend.

The 23-year-old has been training fully after a slight knock saw him sit out practice earlier in the week, and he expects to play a full part in Saturday's visit of Latvia. The match - and Wednesday's trip to Greece - is key to the nation's chances of qualification after a surprise 2-1 defeat by minnows Luxembourg last month, when Behrami sat out with a minor injury.

Behrami said: "The Luxembourg game was very disappointing and we need to get two wins from our next two games. It is not easy to go to Greece and win. We have to do better though because the Switzerland fans are not happy with the national team. They expect more from us.

"I didn't play last time against Luxembourg and it was hard to watch. It is hard when you are off the pitch because you cannot do anything. We have to do all we can to win these two games because we need to stay near the top of the group if we want to have a chance of the World Cup."

The midfielder has already played at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and he and his young team-mates want another crack. "It is too important for us. We are young players who want to do well. We have to do more to help us get back on track for this qualification. We reached the World Cup in 2006, had the Euro this year and we have to keep this going."

Valon Behrami spoke exclusively to the matchday programme last week, along with Matthew Etherington, Danny Gabbidon and Jordan Spence.