Sunday, June 26

England predicted lineup vs Italy – Nations League

England will be looking to get revenge for their Euro 2020 final defeat when they welcome Italy to Molineux on Saturday night.

The game is the Three Lions’ third of their UEFA Nations League campaign with Gareth Southgate’s charges yet to taste victory in the competition.

Here is the starting XI Southgate is likely to turn to in order to change that…

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Ramsdale is expected to get the nod / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Southgate has already revealed that he will be giving Jordan Pickford the night off and Ramsdale is best placed to fill in.

Reece James (RB) – Trent Alexander-Arnold is off on his holidays and James Justin is carrying a knock. This points towards another start for James.

John Stones (CB) – Stones enjoyed a solid club season and, with Fikayo Tomori still carrying a knock, his place is safe.

Harry Maguire (CB) – Marc Guehi could push Maguire for a start but Southgate has shown an feverish loyalty to the Man Utd captain in recent times.

Kieran Trippier (LB) – Justin’s injury and the absences of Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw means Trippier will continue on his ‘wrong side’.

Conor Gallagher (CM) – Crystal Palace’s player of the season should give England the progression in midfield they have sometimes lacked under Southgate.

Declan Rice (CM) – Rice endured a taxing club season. Hopefully he can squeeze out a few more dominating midfield performances before he takes a summer break.

Jude Bellingham (CM) – No Jordan Henderson means Bellingham has a real chance to stake a claim for a spot in the first-choice starting XI.

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Jarrod Bowen (RW) – Was heavily involved during his first England start against Hungary. Is yet to taste victory in a Three Lions shirt.

Harry Kane (ST) – Will be looking to close in on that scoring record after notching a half century last time out.

Mason Mount (LW) – Money Mase is one of Southgate’s favourites but there is plenty of options off the bench if he is not cutting the mustard.


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