The groups are out! Italy put on their well-known azure, whereas England sport their new World Cup package, white with blue epaulettes. The motion is simply a few nationwide anthems away. (God Save the King nonetheless doesn’t journey off the tongue, does it? Previous habits, all that.)
Gareth Southgate talks to Channel 4: “We’re on the lookout for a stage of efficiency, that’s the important thing. It’s an incredible stage to return and play on, towards prime opposition. Harry Maguire appears in place together with his coaching, and it’s not as if he’s gone ten weeks and not using a recreation. We really feel there’s been course of with Jude Bellingham, dipping his toe within the European Championship, then beginning, then beginning some greater video games.”
Bukayo Saka has a fast phrase with Channel 4. “We’ve are available fairly constructive. The long run is extra essential than the previous. We will’t management the previous any extra. These video games are crucial, the final two earlier than the World Cup, so we actually need to win each of them. That’s our mentality.”
Italy have three gamers who’re one reserving away from lacking subsequent week’s recreation in Hungary: Bryan Cristante, Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.
England have 5 gamers who will miss the go to of Germany ought to they see yellow this night: Kyle Walker, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse.
Each groups are coming off the again of a hiding – England defeated 4-0 by Hungary, Italy spanked 5-2 in Germany – so there are many modifications. Gareth Southgate makes six, with Eric Dier choosing up his first cap since November 2020, Harry Maguire returning regardless of not beginning any of Manchester United’s final 4 Premier League matches, Nick Pope standing in for the injured Jordan Pickford, and Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden additionally beginning. Roberto Mancini makes seven modifications, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho returning, and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca taking the place of the injured Ciro Motionless.
Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Toloi, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Raspadori, Scamacca, Barella.
Subs: Meret, Vicario, Luiz Felipe, Pobega, Frattesi, Gnonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.
England: Pope, James, Dier, Maguire, Walker, Bellingham, Rice, Sterling, Foden, Saka, Kane.
Subs: Ramsdale, D Henderson, Trippier, Shaw, Grealish, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain).
The final time England performed, this occurred …
… so, effectively, y’know. Actually, England are on a skid of 4 matches and not using a win, having made an terrible mess of Nations League Group A3 thus far. Residence and away losses towards Hungary, a lucky attract Germany, and a few goalless tedium in Wolverhampton towards Italy have rooted Gareth Southgate’s facet to the underside of the desk. In the event that they lose at San Siro tonight, they’ll be cashiered from the highest tier with excessive prejudice. In different phrases, it’s gameface time. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!