Granit Xhaka is set to face his brother, Taulant, when the Euros kick-off with Switzerland and Albania both in Group A.

The Arsenal new boy, who delivered a message earlier that Jamie Vardy would do well to heed, was speaking to the press ahead of the tournament getting underway on Friday.

His brother made his first appearance here on Daily Cannon last week, when he was videoed being scared by a ‘monster’, but really, we just posted It so we could talk about our favourite thing from Switzerland.

Taulant is Granit’s older brother, with two years separating them. He currently plays for FC Basel and the younger sibling spoke about what it means to play him in France:

“It is a very special match for me and the family. We have already spoken about it at home.

“To play against each other is absolutely the last thing we could wish for.

“We have faced each other before, back when I was at Basel and my brother was on loan at Grasshopper Zürich. At the time, it was a very strange feeling, but nevertheless, we are both looking forward to the game, and we are professional enough to not let our close relationship be a factor in the match.

“May the best team win!

“My brother and I were both born and grew up in Switzerland.

“I saw Albania for the first time at the age of twelve, and since then I have been on holiday there many times in the summer and winter with my grandparents.

“The Albania national team never showed an interest in me, but Switzerland did. With my brother it was a different story.

“His development has been inexplicable. His one and a half years at Grasshopper Zürich did him the world of good, not just in a footballing sense, but also as a person.

“He developed mentally during that period and he now has a big role with FC Basel, where he feels very confident. I never doubted his quality. He will go a long way.”

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