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Dier And Tomori To Start In Defence | 4-2-3-1 England Predicted Lineup Vs Italy

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England will clash heads with Italy at the San Siro this Friday night as they try to pick up a positive result in the UEFA Nations League. The Three Lions suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss at the hands of Hungary earlier this year, so this game versus the Italians would be a good chance for them to bounce back ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Qatar from November 20.

Gareth Southgate will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to name Eric Dier and Fikayo Tomori as his centre-backs for this European contest away in Italy.

4-2-3-1 England Predicted Lineup To Face Italy

Defence

Aaron Ramsdale will feature in between the sticks for the Three Lions despite shipping in four goals versus Hungary in his last Nations League outing. As mentioned earlier, Fikayo Tomori will play alongside Eric Dier at the centre of Southgate’s defence as they focus on keeping things solid at the back during the 90 minutes.

Reece James will probably operate at right-back while Ben Chilwell looks to give a good account of himself as the left-back. Both of them would be eager to impress by putting on a good showing out on the wide areas in this European contest at Milan.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier will be named on the bench as they offer cover for the right-back position.

Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium

Midfield

Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice will function as the holding midfielders as they hope to dominate the ball and orchestrate a few inviting chances in the Italy half.

The gifted trio of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka would play just ahead of them as part of Southgate’s attack. Foden and Saka have been enjoying a decent run of form with their respective clubs of late, so they would both be eager to impress against Italy this week.

Kalvin Phillips will be sidelined for this game but Mason Mount will be named on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the second 45 minutes if needed.

Attack

Harry Kane will spearhead England’s attack on his own up top. The English centre-forward will once again carry most of the goal-scoring workload for the Three Lions on the attacking end of the field.

Ivan Toney will be available for selection on the bench as he waits for his chance to shine in the latter stages of the game if required.

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