4 ONE TO WATCHBreel Embolo made his international debut at just 18, and three years on is Switzerlands biggest young prospect for the future. Schalke paid almost £20m for the striker in 2016, and he made 21 Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring three times.Born in Cameroon, Embolo moved to Switzerland aged six and chose to represent them in international football, making his tournament debut at Euro 2016. Able to fill in in a midfield role as well as up front, Embolos style of play has been compared to Mario Balotelli for his ability to terrorise defences.Likely to start on the bench behind favoured options Haris Seferovic and Josip Drmic, Embolo will seek to make his mark as a substitute, offering a more effective aerial option than the other strikers in the squad.FIXTURESSunday, June 17: BRAZIL v Switzerland (Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don): kick-off 19:00Friday, June 22: SERBIA v Switzerland (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad): kick-off 19:00Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland v COSTA RICA (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod): kick-off 19:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGSwitzerland blitzed their way through their first nine qualifying games, winning them all and seemingly cruising to Russia. Despite this, a final day defeat at the hands of Portugal saw them finish runners-up and forced to take the play-off route. A controversial penalty, given for handball against Northern Irelands Corry Evans, was enough to win the first leg in Belfast before a 0-0 draw at home confirmed their place.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONPetkovics side face Spain in Villarreal on June 3 before hosting Japan five days later in Lugano. They then have a nine-day wait before meeting five-times winners Brazil in their tournament opener.BASE CAMPTogliatti Resort, Samara regionPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia 4 Switzerland take part in their 11th World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group E nation…MANAGERBosnian by birth, Vladimir Petkovic managed five Swiss clubs before being given the national team job in 2014 after Ottmar Hitzfelds retirement. Under his guidance Switzerland surged to sixth in the world rankings, their highest position since 1993.His previous role as manager of Lazio saw him lift the Italian Cup in 2013, defeating fierce rivals Roma in the final. He was sacked in controversial circumstances the following January, having already agreed to take the Switzerland job after the 2014 World Cup.CAPTAINStephan Lichtsteiner heads to Russia with a wealth of experience under his belt. The 34-year-old, who recently joined Arsenal, can boast 98 international caps, seven Serie A titles and nine domestic cups in his 17-year career.A title-winner in every season he spent with former club Juventus, Lichtsteiner can play all along the right-hand side, be it as a full-back, wing-back or midfielder, able to adapt to the four-at-the-back system Switzerland play as well as the three-man defence employed by the Italian club.Switzerland captain since just before Euro 2016 began, his cap total puts him fourth all-time for Switzerland, and despite his age and defensive duties he scored three times in qualifying for this summers tournament.KEY PLAYERHailed as the brightest star in Swiss football when with Basel, Xherdan Shaqiri remains his countrys most threatening player. Likely to seek a move away from relegated Stoke City this summer, the World Cup is the perfect shop window for the winger to show why he has the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on his CV.Shaqiri found the net 15 times in 92 games over three years at Stoke, who paid a then-club-record £12m to sign him from Italy. A mercurial player, Shaqiri is no stranger to a wonder strike, and his thunderous overhead kick against Poland at Euro 2016 was voted goal of the tournament.Since making his international debut in 2010, the 26-year-old has made 68 appearances for his country, scoring 20 times. When motivated and in form, his skill and devastating left foot should worry any defence.