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Granit Xhaka

Published: Wednesday 4 May 2011, 20.33CET
Switzerland
Published: Wednesday 4 May 2011, 20.33CET

Granit Xhaka

Switzerland

Clubs: FC Basel 1893

Under-21 debut: 1-0 v Republic of Ireland (03/09/2010)

Senior international debut: 2-2 v England (04/06/2011)

• Born in what is now the Republic of Kosovo, Xhaka scored two minutes after coming off the bench on his Basel debut in a 2010/11 UEFA Champions League qualifier against Debreceni VSC; lifted the Swiss title in his debut season.

• Ever-present (seven appearances) as Switzerland won the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.

• Called up to the senior squad by Ottmar Hitzfeld having played just eight minutes of football at U21 level − gave a composed display in central midfield on his debut in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England at Wembley this month.

Last updated: 14/06/11 14.59CET

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