Granit Xhaka was apparently furious when he was substituted an hour into his 100th cap against his family’s home nation of Kosovo but the Swiss manager simply described him as a ‘character’.

Granit Xhaka on his 100th cap
Granit Xhaka on his 100th cap

Granit Xhaka captained Switzerland again as he collected his 100th cap on Wednesday night.

The Arsenal midfielder, however, was not impressed to be hauled off after an hour, replaced by Remo Freuler just two minutes after his side had drawn the score level at 1-1.

It was the 27th time Xhaka has been taken off while playing for his country, but only the 6th time in the last 40 games.

The match finished 1-1 and, after the game, Switzerland’s head coach Murat Yakin said that he wasn’t bothered about how Xhaka had reacted.

“He had played the full 90 minutes at Wembley,” Yakin said.

“I couldn’t reasonably line him up longer tonight.

“His reaction when he came out didn’t surprise me. He has character. He lets his emotions speak.

“It doesn’t bother me, quite the contrary.”

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka reacts during a friendly football match between Switzerland and Kosovo at Stadion Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on March 29, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Switzerland’s midfielder Granit Xhaka reacts during a friendly football match between Switzerland and Kosovo at Stadion Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on March 29, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Speaking on his Instagram account after the game, Xhaka said, “It’s an unbelievable feeling to represent Switzerland for the 100th time ❤️

“This wonderful country has done so much for myself and my family – and I always try to repay the warm welcome we were given by giving my absolute everything when I’m on the pitch.

“There are lots of coaches, team-mates, fans and of course family members who have helped me so much on the way. I am massively grateful to you all 🤝

“And I can’t wait for the future and what lies ahead for us as a team. We are on a really good path and we’re going to keep giving our all every single day we’re together because we have lots more special memories to create 🙌 #GX10”

Xhaka, of course, is known in England for his reactions although the midfielder, who has seen red in Arsenal colours four times, has only ever been sent off for his country once, and that was for two yellows.

For the record, Xhaka has never received a two-yellow red while playing for Arsenal despite picking up 64 yellows.

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