It will be staged tonight starting at 20.45 Italy-England, a challenge valid for the fifth day of the Nations League group stage. 180 minutes from the end of the grouping, Mancini’s team is third with five points, three more than the English who have won only two draws so far. The group is still very open, in one direction or another: Hungary leads with seven points, Germany follows with six. The winner of group 3 will have access to the final four next June, the last one will be relegated to League B.
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The latest on Italy – Roberto Mancini presents himself to these two Nations League challenges without the offensive outsiders that characterized his four-year period: from Chiesa to Berardi, from Pellegrini to Insigne passing through Politano. They are all unavailable and, for this reason, from the first day of retirement in Coverciano the coach also tried the 3-5-2.
The idea of the coach, however, is not to abandon the form that characterized his cycle. He will try to go on with 4-3-3, perhaps focusing on that Gabbiadini called for the first time after Italy-Sweden almost five years ago together with Raspadori and Scamacca (Immobile, surprisingly, not called). Absent Tonali: the big favorite to take his place is his teammate Tommaso Pobega.
Italy (4-3-3) – Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson Pamieri; Barella, Jorginho, Pobega; Gabbiadini, Scamacca, Raspadori.
The latest on England – Coach Southgate demanded immediate redemption from his team after a bad performance in June. England, last in group 3, do not want to be relegated to League B. “This competition is very important,” the coach said last night at a press conference. But we also need to prepare for the World Cup and we need to do it in the best possible way, with the players in the best shape. At San Siro space for 4-2-3-1 with Tomori at the center of the defense and Kane as center-forward. Roma striker Tammy Abraham will start from the bench.
England (4-2-3-1) – Ramsdale; James, Tomori, Maguire, Trippier; Bellingham, Rice; Foden, Mount, Sterling; Kane.