Italy vs England LIVE: Nations League squad news, line-ups & more tonight as Three Lions battle relegation

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‘So surreal, it’s such a privilege’ – striker Toney on England’s first call-up

England are looking to avoid relegation to the Nations League as they take on Italy at the San Siro tonight. After damaging defeats against Hungary in June, as well as draws against Italy and Germany, the Three Lions enter the international top tier of Group 3 with just two points. They are three points behind their opponents tonight and a defeat tonight means Gareth Southgate’s men will be relegated to League B.

Adding to the equation, the fact that these two Nations League fixtures – England also face Germany on Monday night – are the last chances for Southgate to get a feel for their squad ahead of kick-off. the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The line-up the England manager decides to go with tonight will be a demonstration of his priorities, as a solid squad of experienced first-choice picks would show the value he places on being in the top tier of the League. of Nations. On the other hand, with just two games before the World Cup, Southgate could decide to give playing time to players pushing for starting places like Ivan Toney who could make his national team debut.

Follow all the San Siro action as Italy host England in the Nations League:


Ivan Toney ‘never doubted’ he would get a chance for England ahead of his debut

Ivan Toney took the road less traveled to the top but ‘never doubted’ his opportunity in England would come, with the Brentford striker vowing to seize his chance to make the World Cup.

A Northampton youth product, Toney spent loan spells at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan, having failed to make the breakthrough after joining Newcastle.

He left St James’ Park permanently for Peterborough in 2018 and a goal-laden spell saw him join Brentford two years later – a move that went better than either side would have could have dreamed then that he would become the club’s first England international since. Leslie Smith in 1939.

The 26-year-old helped the Bees to promotion in his debut campaign and five league goals at the start of this season led Gareth Southgate to include the uncapped leader in England’s final side ahead of Qatar.


Gareth Southgate ready to bet on the “reputation” of the English selection of Harry Maguire

Gareth Southgate says he’s ready to stake his ‘reputation’ on Harry Maguire, offering Manchester United’s struggling centre-half his full backing as he describes him as one of the ‘best’ and ‘most important’ players from England, who can do things in the team that the others cannot. The international manager went so far as to describe Maguire and John Stones ‘as good as any football in the world’ progressing down the pitch with the ball.

The 29-year-old’s position in the England squad is such that Southgate has said he doesn’t feel the need for further talks with him, despite his withdrawal from the United squad. The feeling around the England camp was that Maguire would start the game against Italy at the San Siro on Friday night, and he clearly remains one of Southgate’s first-choice centre-halves. That was made pretty clear in his pre-match comments, as the England manager stressed he would be willing to stake his ‘reputation’ on such moves.

“Whatever reputation I put on it,” Southgate said. “I think, look, you always have to back up your judgment and we think he’s an important player.”


Pressure and problems mount for Gareth Southgate as England face pre-World Cup test

On Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate called up the England squad for the first real game since the humiliation of Hungary. He didn’t need to say that every minute counts now, because all players know that.

They are fully aware that things must be different from June. The England manager, for his part, would prefer a lot of things to be rather different at the moment.

It’s hard to complain about a trip to Milan in this kind of weather – in the middle of fashion week – but Southgate could really do with 10 days, and perhaps more forgiving encounters. This is what World Cup preparation camps usually look like as managers try to create the right atmosphere. Yet that is what it represents.


Italy v England

welcome to The Independents Coverage of England’s Nations League match against Italy from the San Siro. Gareth Southgate’s men are set to be relegated to League B and can’t afford to lose tonight’s game.

Losses to Hungary in June put England in that position and now they must beat Italy and Germany to hope to stay in the top tier of the Nations League.

Adding to that pressure, these two games are the last two internationals before the World Cup kicks off in November and Southgate will want to use them as an opportunity to polish their squad ahead of the tournament.

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Peter Kavinsky

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