Predicting how Italy vs England will play out tonight

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England have a point to prove when they face Italy in Milan tonight in their penultimate game before heading to Qatar for the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side are playing their first games since four games without a win in June, losing twice to Hungary and draws to Italy and Germany.

The results mean England will be relegated from their Nations League group if they lose to Italy tonight, as they are three points behind the Azzurri with only Germany’s game left at Wembley on Monday.

England will open their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21 and after a string of poor performances in June, Southgate will try to restore the feel-good factor ahead of the tournament.

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Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Italy vs England?

The match kicks off on Friday, September 25 at 7:45 PM BST in San Siro, Milan.

How can I view it?

It will be broadcast live on Channel 4, with coverage from 7pm. It will also be available to stream live on All 4.

What is England team news?

An injury to Kalvin Phillips and doubts about Jordan Henderson’s fitness have opened the door for Jude Bellingham to team up with Declan Rice in midfield.

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Aaron Ramsdale should replace the injured Jordan Pickford in goal and Eric Dier looks poised to start in defence, with options for Reece James and Ben Chilwell at fullback.

Fikayo Tomori could start for Harry Maguire, but Kieran Trippier could also fill in if Southgate choose a back-five.

Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling should start meaning Ivan Toney may have to wait to make his debut from the bench.

Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka, Jarrod Bowen and Jack Grealish battle it out for the final spot on the grid.

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Predicted Lineups

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Bonucci, Emerson; Jorginho, Barella, Tonali; Raspadori, Scamacca, Gnonto

England: Ramsdale; Trippier, James, Dier, Tomori, Chilwell; Rice, Bellingham; Sterling, Kane, Foden

Chances

Italy: 2/1

Pull: 9/4

England: 18/11

Forecast

England are late for an appearance but it was overlooked that their four-game run without a win came to the end of a long season in June. Southgate’s squad needs to be refreshed and look much stronger on paper than their Italian counterparts. England win with goals from Kane and Sterling. Italy 1-2 England

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