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Italy vs England: Euro 2022 Deja Vu?

Italy vs England

Italy vs England is facing off again in the UEFA Nations League. After an exciting start to the English Premier League, England returns to action in the international break against Italy.

The Three Lions will face Azzurri at San Siro on 23 September 2022. This is the most intriguing fixture in the ongoing UEFA Nations League. England will be determined to avenge their Euro 2020 final loss against Italy.

Italy vs England: Head to Head

Since 2012, Italy has played seven times against England in which Italy has won 3 matches dominating the results.

Meanwhile, England has won just one match against Italy whereas three matches have resulted in a draw.

Furthermore, Italy has scored six goals against England and vice-versa.

Hungary demolished England with a 4-0 scoreline in their recent matches. This is the worst home defeat for England since 1928, which left Gareth Southgate’s side at the bottom of the Group in the UEFA Nations League.

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Roberto Mancini’s side hasn’t been the same after their Euro 2020 triumph. In their previous match, Azzurri tasted a heavy defeat against Germany with a 5-2 scoreline.

Italy vs England
The last time Italy vs England was in Euro Cup 2020. Italy won the game in Penalitiers 3-2 after a 1-1 draw
Image Source: Goal.com

Both teams have won only one match in their last five games. Either of the victories has come against the lower-ranking team. Hence both teams will look to grab the win.

This fixture is crucial for The Three Lions; it must win for the English team to survive in the League A of Nations League.

Italy vs England: Last 5 Game Analysis

Last 5 Matches Performance Italy England
Possessions 41.4% 56.8%
Goals scored 5 4
Goals Conceded 10 6
Pass Accuracy 81.6% 84.4%
Fouls per Game 14 8.6
Shots 11.4 12.4
Shots received 14 7.4
Goals per Game 1 0.8
Goals Conceded per Game 2 1.2

Italy Form guide: L-D-W-D-L

England Form guide: L-D-D-L-W

Italy vs England: Team News

Italy

Roberto Mancini has called up 34 players for the UEFA Nations League and International Friendlies. Most of the players are youngsters in the squad.

Since Azzurri are stable in the points table, Mancini hadn’t called most of the players that played in Euros. Italy hasn’t been in good momentum since the Euro 2020 triumph and will try to restart with the young players in the squad.

During the pre-match conference, Roberto Mancini said-“We will try to get back to being a squad that can have another four extraordinary years, just as the previous ones were, until last March”.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Donnarumma, Meret, Provedel, Vicario.

Defenders: Acerbi, Bastoni, Bonucci, Di Lorenzo, Dimarco, Emerson, Gatti,Luiz Felipe, Mazzocchi, Toloi.

Midfielders: Barella, Cristante, Jorginho, Pobega, Tonali, Verratti.

Forwards: Cancellieri, Gnonto, Grifo, Immobile, Politano, Raspadori, Scamacca, Zerbin.

England

Gareth Southgate has called up 28 players for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. Some of the players are getting their first call-up in the national team squad like Ivan Toney from Brentford.

On the other hand, Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspurs has also returned to the national team in a very long time.

Some players like Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, and Kelvin Phillips, who have played fewer minutes in the PL, have also been called up to the national team.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse.

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo  Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ivan Toney.

Italy vs England: Players to Watch Out

Marco Verratti – Italy

Marco Verratti has been a critical figure in the Italian midfield since the arrival of Roberto Mancini in the national team coach position. His ball aggression, passing, and work rate are excellent.

Due to his versatile nature to play either as a Box-to-Box midfielder, Deep lying playmaker or as a No.10, Verratti is a pivotal player in the Italy midfield position.

Harry Kane – England

Harry Kane is regarded as the best English player of today’s generation. He is among the four English players with 60 or more international caps.

The English captain has scored 50 goals in 71 matches. Harry Kane is the second top goalscorer for the English side, only three goals behind Wayne Rooney.

Kane is a perfect goal scorer with no weaknesses and can score all types of goals. He is brilliant at holding the ball up, works tirelessly, creates for others, and makes crucial defensive contributions.

Italy vs England: Lineup Prediction

Italy XI (4-3-3):

England XI (4-3-3):

Match Broadcast

Italy vs England will kick off at 7:45 PM (UK Time)

UK: Channel 4 Sport, BBC Radio 5, Premier Sports 1

USA: FuboTV, ViX

Italy:

India/Nepal: Sony Ten 2, SonyLIV

 

 

 

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