England will resume their preparations ahead of the Qatar World Cup when they take on Italy at the San Siro tonight.
But ahead of what is their penultimate game before facing Iran in the World Cup group stage, England’s most immediate concern is avoiding relegation from the Nations League. UEFA.
After damaging defeats against Hungary in June, as well as draws against Italy and Germany, England enter the international top tier of Group 3 with just two points.
They are three points behind Italy with two games remaining, meaning Gareth Southgate’s side will be relegated to League B if they lose at San Siro.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is Italy vs England?
The Three Lions take on the Azzurri at the San Siro at 7.45pm BST on Friday September 23.
Where can I watch?
The match will be broadcast live on Channel 4. It can also be streamed through the All 4 app or desktop platform on most devices, including smart TVs.
What’s the news from the England squad?
Kalvin Phillips’ injury and Jordan Henderson’s fitness doubts have opened the door for Jude Bellingham to link up with Declan Rice in midfield.
Aaron Ramsdale is set to replace the injured Jordan Pickford in goal and Eric Dier looks set to start in defence, with options Reece James and Ben Chilwell at the back.
Fikayo Tomori could start ahead of Harry Maguire, but Kieran Trippier could also come in if Southgate opts for a back five.
Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling are expected to start, meaning Ivan Toney may have to wait to make his bench debut.
Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Jarrod Bowen and Jack Grealish will compete for the last starting spot.
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Bonucci, Emerson; Jorginho, Barella, Tonali; Raspadori, Scamacca, Gnonto
England: Ramsdale; James, Walker, Dier, Maguire, Saka; Rice, Bellingham; Sterling, Kane, Foden
England are behind on a performance, but it is forgotten that their run of four games without a win in June came at the end of a long season. Southgate’s squad should be refreshed and look much stronger than their Italian counterparts on paper. England win with goals from Kane and Sterling. Italy 1-2 England