MOLINEUX STADIUM, WOLVERHAMPTON — England play their first home match of the latest UEFA Nations League campaign against Italy on Saturday.
The game, which is being played at Wolves’ home of Molineux, is being held officially behind closed doors as a punishment for the violent disorder by fans around Wembley on the day of the Euro 2020 final between these teams last year.
UEFA rules mean there will be some schoolchildren present, though, as the Three Lions attempt to secure their first win of Group A3 following a shock loss to Hungary and a 1-1 draw with Germany in Munich.
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The Sporting News brings you all the latest updates, commentary and highlights below.
England vs. Italy live score
England vs. Italy commentary, highlights
1 hour 15 mins to KO: Italy come into this game off the back of a mixed month so far. The win over Hungary in the Nations League followed a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Argentina in Finalissima – a contest between the European and South American champions at Wembley. The Azzurri were completely outplayed in that showpiece, with Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria causing the back-line constant issues.
1 hour 30 mins to KO: England boss Gareth Southgate told his pre-match press conference of the squad status: “There is nobody we can’t use.
“We have got to think about some things we have got to see, the freshness of the team as well. I think this is a good game for some of the other players to come into. It is a top-level game and is a good sign to show trust towards the players going into these games.
“I think if we only give players certain types of matches, you don’t find out enough about them and they don’t find out enough about the tactical challenge.”
1 hour 45 mins to KO: England, who are seeking a first Nations League win in this latest edition, are expected to hand a start to Roma striker Tammy Abraham in place of Harry Kane. The former Chelsea man enjoyed a superb 2021/22 campaign in Italy.
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2 hours to KO: Hello, and welcome to this UEFA Nations League match between England and Italy. The clash at Molineux will be the first competitive meeting between these sides since the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley last year, when Italy triumphed on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
How to watch England vs. Italy
|Date||June 11||June 11||June 11||June 12|
|Time||19:45 BST||14:45 ET||14:45 ET||04:45 AET|
|TV channel||Channel 4||ViX||–||Optus Sport|
|Streaming||All 4/Premier Player||fuboTV||DAZN||Optus Sport|
In the US, televised UEFA Nations League games are also available on fuboTV.
In Canada, every UEFA Nations League game streams live on DAZN.
England vs. Italy predicted lineups
Kalvin Phillips is a doubt for the game at Molineux, following his withdrawal from the stalemate away to Germany due to a dead leg. Phil Foden may be involved for England if he can return a negative COVID-19 test in the lead up to the match, whilst Gareth Southgate is also hopeful that James Justin can feature after a calf injury.
Fiyako Tomori may be sidelined for this one due to a hamstring problem, whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold has been sent home from camp to recuperate after a long season.
Star striker Harry Kane is reportedly set to be rested, with Roma’s Tammy Abraham due a rare opportunity to impress as the No.9 in Southgate’s side.
England predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) — James, Stones, Maguire, Trippier — Rice, Bellingham, — Bowen, Mount, Grealish — Abraham.
For the visitors, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Belotti have left the camp, meaning they won’t be available for the trip to the West Midlands.
Alterations for Italy are likely, with Sandro Tonali vying with Bryan Cristante for a slot in the midfield engine room. Gianluca Scamacca may return to the fold after his impressive showing against Germany up top.
Italy predicted lineup (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Mancini, Bastoni, Spinazzola — Locatelli, Tonali, Barella — Gnonto, Scamacca, Pellegrini.
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England vs. Italy betting odds
|Over 2.5 Goals||6/5||+115||2.15|
|Both Teams to Score||1/1||-105||1.97|