Sunday, June 26

Italy predicted lineup vs England – Nations League

Italy travel to Molineux to take on England on Saturday evening in their third UEFA Nations League game of the campaign.

This is a repeat of last summer’s Euro 2020 final where Gli Azzurri triumphed on penalties, but they have their work cut out repeating the trick this weekend.

Here is the starting XI Roberto Mancini seems set to select in the absence of injured pair Marco Verratti and Federico Chiesa…

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Bastoni’s future looks secure in Italy / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – The best goalkeeper at Euro 2020 will be hoping to successfully repel the Three Lions once again.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo (RB) – Davide Calabria enjoyed the full 90 minutes against Hungary which should see Di Lorenzo come into the side here.

Francesco Acerbi (CB) – Acerbi was another one rested last time out. He is likely to return as Gianluca Mancini scored an own goal against the Hungarians.

Alessandro Bastoni (CB) – Bastoni was attracting plenty of Premier League interest recently but it appears he’ll be staying at Inter for the foreseeable future.

Leonardo Spinazzola (LB) – Spinazzola is back in the fold after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Got an assist last time out.

Nicolo Barella (CM) – Barella is a joy to watch in full flow and comes into the game off the back of a goal against Hungary.

Sandro Tonali (CM) – Tonali is well placed to replace Bryan Cristante, who started the last game and was also booked.

Manuel Locatelli (CM) – The eminently tidy Locatelli is due a start. He is so hard to dispossess.

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Matteo Politano (RW) – Injuries have decimated Italy’s frontline, hence why Politano – who managed just four Serie A goals last season – is in line for a start.

Gianluca Scamacca (ST) – Scamacca regularly found the back of the net for Sassuolo last season and is said to be an Arsenal target.

Giacomo Raspadori (LW) – Another forward thriving at Sassuolo right now, it will not be long before Raspadori moves onto bigger and better things.


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