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Following the shock 1-0 loss in Hungary and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw in Germany, the Three Lions continued their World Cup preparations against Roberto Mancini’s European champions at Molineux.
The vibe around this Nations League encounter could not have been more different to the Euro 2020 final at Wembley 11 months ago, when crowd trouble compounded England’s agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Italy. That fan disorder meant Saturday’s reunion had to be played behind closed doors except for 2,000 school children in attendance.
There were just seven starters from the Euro 2020 final line-ups as Southgate tested his peripheral players before a winter World Cup from which Italy will be absent, allowing Mancini to fully focus on their rebuild.
Mason Mount hit the crossbar early on and Aaron Ramsdale denied Sandro Tonali in an open first half that made way for a second period disrupted by substitutions. Stand-in skipper Raheem Sterling wasted the hosts’ best chance in the match as he ballooned an effort over the bar from a couple of yards out.
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Finishes goalless at Molineux
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Italy team news: Scamacca leads the line
Analysis on another frustrating night
22:21 , Matt Verri
One of England’s very first Nations League games was played behind-closed-doors, against Croatia in Rijeka back in October 2018.
Then, it was the hosts being punished for - unfathomably - having a swastika marked on their pitch during a World Cup qualifier against Italy, and when the game ended in a goalless draw the general consensus was that it was impossible, perhaps even unfair, to draw any conclusions at all from a match played in such novel, eerie surrounds, a case of pack up and move on.
Events of the last few years mean we have all, unfortunately, now had plenty of practice, and as one of just four games left before England’s World Cup opener against Iran in November, this meeting with Italy was not one Gareth Southgate could afford to write off.
Southgate insists England aren’t too negative
22:11 , Matt Verri
“I don’t see how you could call that cautious. We tried to move the ball against a very well-organised team. We got the ball into our forward players.
“At the moment that little bit of sharpness in the final third isn’t quite there but I am pleased with the performance.
“I said earlier in the week we were too reliant on Harry [Kane] and Raheem [Sterling] for our goals. Other players have got to step into that space. A number do it for their clubs, but at international level they haven’t been able to convert that. We’ve looked dangerous without getting the goals needed in some of the games.”
Gareth Southgate rues lack of home fans
22:06 , Matt Verri
“As a general performance, I was pleased with it. There were a lot of positive individual performances from players we needed to see and have gone in and done well.
“You cannot ignore the fact that when you are really pushing, we didn’t have a crowd to help you or put the opposition under pressure. That made a massive difference.”
Mason Mount’s post-match reaction
21:58 , Matt Verri
“It is frustrating, we want to win, create chances and score goals. I probably should have done better with my chances, we had a few other chances and it is something we have to look at. We are keeping clean sheets so it is something that is a positive but we have to work at it.
“I was in a 10 role so gave me freedom to roam and find spaces, linking the midfield to the attacking boys. I found myself in spaces to shoot but did not to do well enough from my shot but it was too easy for the keeper. It is a difficult one to take because I feel we could have come away with more.
“We want to win every game, even if it is a friendly. We have looked a the last two games, felt confident in what we do but it is a tough one.”
Sterling had to score...
21:51 , Matt Verri
England player ratings
21:46 , Matt Verri
Aaron Ramsdale 8
Made two big saves in the first-half, first to deny Sandro Tonali and then to thwart Matteo Pessina. Looked calm all night, with his distribution impressive too.
Reece James 8
Had an excellent game at right-back, causing problems whenever he got forward on the overlap. Picked out Grealish and Sterling with two great crosses, but the chances were squandered.
Not easy to leave at Molineux!
21:42 , Matt Verri
Fair play to the 2,000 or so children here. None left early. Possibly because they came by coach and had no choice, but still.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 11, 2022
FT: England 0-0 Italy
21:35 , Matt Verri
It comes to nothing and that will be that. Full-time whistle goes at Molineux.
Goalless draw leaves England bottom of their Nations League group, two points and no wins.
Hungary to come on Tuesday at Molineux before the players can finally go on holiday.
21:34 , Matt Verri
90+2 mins: Big chance for England to break, so much space for Bowen.
Tonali gets back and trips him up, free-kick again for England. Not a great position, fair way out and pretty central.
21:32 , Matt Verri
90+1 mins: Trippier fouled by Di Lorenzo and England have a chance to whip something into the box. Time for that delivery from Ward-Prowse! Three minutes added on.
Defenders are up. Decent ball in, headed behind for a corner. Ward-Prowse will take this too.
Phillips shoves his man at the near post, free-kick. So unnecessary.
21:30 , Matt Verri
89 mins: Grealish’s frustrations threatening to boil over, as he’s fouled.
Still time for either side to create one more big chance - Grealish combines nicely with Trippier on the left.
Forced to turn back though, didn’t have many options up with him.
21:29 , Matt Verri
87 mins: Tomori stretching out, he’s maybe feeling a bit of cramp.
Pessina’s evening is over, replaced by Cristante. Met with strong boos from the 2,000 children in attendance!
Tomori is brought off, Guehi on in his place.
21:25 , Matt Verri
84 mins: England have really fallen away this half, the fluid play we saw for much of the first 45 minutes has gone missing.
Plenty of tired legs out there now as you’d expect.
21:23 , Matt Verri
81 mins: Ward-Prowse slides in with Pessina, doesn’t get near the ball and that’s a yellow card. Easy decision for the referee.
Chance for Italy to send a set-piece into the box. Played wide instead, cross is charged down and the visitors play it all the way back to Donnarumma. That wasn’t the plan.
21:20 , Matt Verri
79 mins: Kane very nearly creates a chance out of nothing!
He brings the ball forward, can’t find space for the shot so turns back. Kane then combines with Grealish and Sterling, ball falls for him in the box after bouncing around and he pokes an effort over the bar.
Sterling off now, replaced by Saka. Bowen moves central.
21:17 , Matt Verri
76 mins: Long ball out wide from Maguire finds Trippier, who plays a really poor ball through to Sterling and it runs straight out of play. Frustrating period for England, they’re not able to get anything going.
Raspadori on for Scamacca for the visitors.
21:15 , Matt Verri
73 mins: Sterling drives into the box, looks for the cut back but it’s intercepted. Not quite happening for him tonight so far.
Kane hasn’t been able to really get involved since he came on - Italy have done well to keep him quiet.
21:12 , Matt Verri
70 mins: Gnonto on for Italy and he tries his luck from a really tight angle, into the side netting.
Was a very ambitious effort from there, Ramsdale always looked confident.
Malik Ouzia at Molineux
21:09 , Matt Verri
Jarrod Bowen, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling all on the pitch in support of Harry Kane.
That’s probably the least defensively-minded front-four Gareth Southgate could put together - England are going for this.
21:08 , Matt Verri
67 mins: That’s a great first involvement from Bowen. Wins an aerial duel, picks up the loose ball and then drives straight at the Italy defence.
Out wide to Grealish, he plays it back to Ward-Prowse and the Southampton man slices a shot from distance well wide.
21:07 , Matt Verri
66 mins: Three changes from Southgate. Kane for Abraham, Phillips for Rice, Bowen for Mount.
Sterling has moved into a central position behind Kane.
Simon Collings at Molineux
21:05 , Matt Verri
It’s quite crazy watching Declan Rice play. He has played near enough every minute for West Ham during a gruelling season, but he’s still going full-throttle here tonight. Incredible.
21:04 , Matt Verri
63 mins: Pellegrini clips a wonderful ball to the far post, Di Lorenzo gets in behind Trippier and the ball bobbles off him, then off Ramsdale and behind for a corner. Bit of a mess!
Headed out to the edge of the box, Sterling controls but then immediately loses it.
21:03 , Matt Verri
61 mins: Few niggly fouls, not a huge amount of rhythm to the match.
Trippier sets Grealish away down the left wing, the children in the stands love that.
He cuts inside, loses his balance and the pass isn’t a great one. Italy can get back and clear the danger.
20:59 , Matt Verri
58 mins: England pressing a bit more now too, after a sluggish start to the half.
Grealish drives forward with the ball, three blue shirts immediately swarm towards him. He tries to slide the ball out to Mount, too many bodies in the way though.
If anything’s going to happen for England, it looks like it’ll come through Grealish.
20:56 , Matt Verri
55 mins: This is better from England who are starting to up the pace.
Grealish getting involved again, slides a lovely pass through to Sterling who finds apce for the shot inside the box. Dragged towards the far post, Donnarumma down to save easily enough.
20:53 , Matt Verri
52 mins: That’s a really big chance though!
James with a superb low cross into the box, Italian defenders don’t want to touch it for fear of sending it into their own net.
Through to Sterling at the back post, balloons it over the bar.
20:52 , Matt Verri
51 mins: Scrappy start to the half, England sloppy on the ball since the break.
Grealish sends it wide to James, too much on the pass though and the Chelsea man can’t get the cross in. All the way back to the defence it goes.
20:49 , Matt Verri
48 mins: Ward-Prowse gives it away and Italy are breaking again, Pellegrini driving into space.
Can’t play the pass quick enough though and when the shot eventually comes in, it’s well over the bar.
Gatti then earns himself a yellow card for a foul on Sterling.
20:48 , Matt Verri
47 mins: Almost a disastrous ball out from Ramsdale!
Tries to clip it forward, ends up scuffing it straight to Tonali. Had he controlled it, the midfielder would have had an open goal to shoot at. Maguire gets across to clear the danger.
20:46 , Matt Verri
Up and running again at Molineux - let’s hope for some goals in the next 45 minutes.
20:41 , Matt Verri
Will we see Kane off the bench in the second half?
With only three goals to go until he catches Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time record goalscorer, he’ll be desperate to come on.
Saka, Bowen and Bellingham among the other options available to Southgate.
20:36 , Matt Verri
Eight shots from England, six for Italy. Both sides have had three on target.
Southgate’s side have looked more fluid in attack than in their last two matches, Grealish and Abraham have both had an impact.
Encouragement for Italy though, they’ve caused the England back line enough problems.
HT: England 0-0 Italy
20:31 , Matt Verri
No added time, that’s the final action of the first half.
Goalless at the break despite their being plenty of action at both ends of the match.
Mount’s effort that cannoned back off the bar the closest either side have come to opening the scoring.
20:30 , Matt Verri
45 mins: Ramsdale called into action again as he tips a shot over the bar.
Lovely move from Italy, ends with Pessina cutting inside and letting fly from the edge of the box. Comfortable enough save.
Corner swung in by Pellegrini, Maguire heads it away. Back into the box, Maguire there again. And a third time!
Grealish and Abraham then make a complete mess of things though and Italy have a shot blocked and then another saved.
20:27 , Matt Verri
42 mins: Scamacca’s first chance of the match and it’s a good one.
Ball played forward by Frattesi, Ward-Prowse slides in and he can only send it through into the path of Scamacca.
Turns nicely and then blazes it over the bar from close range. Not sure Ramsdale would have had time to react from that distance.
20:25 , Matt Verri
40 mins: Grealish draws in the Italian defenders, opening up the space for the pass back to Mount.
Again he has space to whip an effort at goal, but once more it’s straight at Donnarumma. Mount could have easily had a couple of goals already.
20:24 , Matt Verri
38 mins: Frattesi swings a cross into the box from deep, James there to head it away.
After a slightly chaotic start to the match, England’s back line has grown into it and looked relatively solid in the last 15 minutes or so.
Malik Ouzia at Molineux
20:22 , Matt Verri
Terrific work from Rice to win it high up the pitch and a laughable decision not to award him a free-kick right on the edge of the box.
Jude Bellingham made a couple of similar challenges against Germany the other night and it’s an area where England seem to be improving.
20:21 , Matt Verri
36 mins: England struggling to find a way through the sea of blue shirts at the moment, content to just keep possession though.
Big switch out to the right from Rice gets England moving though, James brings it down. Played to the back post, Grealish sends it back to Sterling and he can’t get the shot away.
20:18 , Matt Verri
33 mins: Long ball launched forward towards Scamacca, Tomori swings a leg at it but doesn’t make contact.
Maguire is there behind him to head it away and clear the danger and he gets caught by Scamacca in the process, free-kick. Wasn’t quite as much contact as Maguire suggested but he got the decision that he wanted.
20:16 , Matt Verri
31 mins: Grealish with a pass through to Abraham, who might have been left it with Sterling free behind him. Holds it up himself instead.
Been a really good performance from Grealish so far - involved in pretty much everything England are doing in attack.
20:14 , Matt Verri
29 mins: Locatelli has company in the book. Grealish slides in on Gatti, doesn’t get the ball and the Italian defender launches himself to the ground.
Wasn’t as bad as it initially looked, but he’s shown a yellow card.
20:13 , Matt Verri
28 mins: Approaching the half hour mark of what has been an entertaining match so far. Both sides with really big opportunities to take the lead, not taken though.
Sterling and James combine brilliantly, cut back to Grealish and his poked effort is weak. Easily blocked.
Simon Collings at Molineux
20:12 , Matt Verri
A huge save from Ramsdale, who knows he has to take his chance tonight. Those moments are often when he’s at his best, acting instinctively and uses his reflexes.
Malik Ouzia at Molineux
20:11 , Matt Verri
Almost a relief to see that Declan Rice is “only” limping there because he’s had his foot trodden on, rather than tweaked something.
The West Ham man has played a lot of football this season and has now started all three of these matches - you’d have to worry about him being in the infamous red zone.
20:10 , Matt Verri
25 mins: WHAT A SAVE!
Great chance for Italy to break the deadlock, Ramsdale up to the task though.
Di Lorenzo volleys the ball into the box, falls perfectly for Tonali who is completely free at the back post but Ramsdale denies him.
Locatelli then earns the first yellow card of the night for a dreadful challenge on Mount.
20:09 , Matt Verri
24 mins: Pessina sent tumbling to the ground as Trippier dives in late. The Newcastle man doesn’t bother to appeal that decision.
Goes all the way back to Donnarumma who again is very casual as Abraham comes charging in. Gets away with it this time.
20:07 , Matt Verri
22 mins: Lots of the ball for Tomori and Rice in deep positions for England, as Italy sit back in their shape. Grealish drops all the way alongside the centre-backs to pick up the ball.
Trippier tries to play the ball down the line to Sterling, well intercepted though.
20:04 , Matt Verri
19 mins: Nice move out wide on the left from England - Mount, Ward-Prowse and Grealish combining well.
Trippier refuses a couple of opportunities to cross it in on his left-foot, instead plays it through to Mount. He makes a mess of the ball into the box though and it loops straight to Donnarumma.
20:02 , Matt Verri
17 mins: Sterling with his first chance to run at Dimarco. Drives at him and forces the Italy full-back into the penalty area, goes for goal and it’s deflected behind for the first corner of the match.
Ward-Prowse into the near post, Rice makes the run but volleys it over the bar.
Simon Collings at Molineux
20:00 , Matt Verri
A strange atmosphere in Molineux. The high-pitch screaming certainly is different to a normal crowd and the kids are getting into. Booing the referee for any decision that goes against England.
19:59 , Matt Verri
14 mins: Visitors enjoying a more sustained spell of possession, with England sitting off a bit more.
Pretty much all of Italy’s attacking place is coming down their right, Trippier a busy man in the early stages.
Malik Ouzia at Molineux
19:56 , Matt Verri
Playing Mason Mount in the No10 role against Hungary didn’t work at all but he’s made a lively start here. He’s finding a few more pockets of space against an Italy side who’ve obviously got a bit more attacking ambition.
19:56 , Matt Verri
11 mins: Italy get in behind this time and Di Lorenzo fires the ball across the face of goal from the byline, none of his teammates had made a run at the back post though.
Safe to say neither side looks particularly solid at the back!
19:54 , Matt Verri
9 mins: MOUNT HITS THE BAR!
Nearly for England. Sterling plays a lovely ball through to Mount, he whips a first-time effort at goal from 12 yards out and it clatters back off the bar.
Abraham heads the rebound well wide under pressure.
19:53 , Matt Verri
8 mins: Game has slowed down a bit after that frantic start. England look like they fancy their chances of winning the ball back high up the pitch, when Italy pass it around at the back.
Visitors pressing themselves too, neither side getting much time on the ball.
Malik Ouzia at Molineux
19:51 , Matt Verri
Roma’s Tammy Abraham is up against an Italian back line that includes players from Inter, Juventus, Napoli and Lazio tonight, and you can throw in a goalkeeper who made more than 250 appearances for AC Milan, too.
19:50 , Matt Verri
5 mins: Huge chance!
England really should be ahead. Donnarumma with a terrible pass as England press high, Abraham can’t quite get away from Locatelli and under pressure his effort bobbles wide. Couldn’t get any sort of real shot away.
19:49 , Matt Verri
4 mins: Abraham wins a cheap free-kick for England, Gatti goes clattering through him. Up come Tomori and Maguire.
Too far out even for Ward-Prowse. He clips it into the back post, falls for Grealish. He lays it back for Mount who goes for goal from distance, easy for Donnarumma.
19:47 , Matt Verri
2 mins: Abraham presses right up for England, rushing Donnarumma who just about gets the ball away in time.
Mount appeals for a free-kick about three times as he tries to get away from his man - referee has no interest.
Here come Italy for the first time and it’s a massive chance! Frattesi played in, he’s clean through in the box and slides the effort wide of the far post. Has to score.
19:45 , Matt Verri
We are underway in the Nations League - can England get some measure of revenge against Italy for last summer?
19:43 , Matt Verri
Not quite the same energy to the Italian anthem without any fans. It also means you can very clearly hear all of the player’s singing - no comment on their ability to hold a tune.
God Save the Queen done too. Time to get underway on a sunny evening at Molineux.
19:39 , Matt Verri
Players are out onto the pitch at Molineux, greeted by the screams of about 2,000 children. Strange atmosphere!
Time for the national anthems.
Southgate: Embarrassing for whole country
19:36 , Matt Verri
Gareth Southgate was asked in the build-up whether it was embarrassing for his side to be playing behind closed doors tonight.
“If it is an embarrassment, it is for England as a country,” Southgate said.
“A lot of the people that caused the problems I’m not certain were football fans.
“We spoke enough about it, we spoke about it after the final and when the punishment was first given, what I will say is the vast majority of our fans who travelled to Germany on Tuesday behaved brilliantly, a big thank you to them because maybe people were thinking something different but there were a huge majority who were a credit.”
Just 15 minutes to go!
19:29 , Matt Verri
Big night for Scamacca
19:23 , Matt Verri
Fresh off the back of a fine season in Serie A, striker Gianluca Scamacca is being tracked by several clubs this summer, including Arsenal, writes Simon Collings.
He starts for Italy tonight. At 6ft 5in, the 23-year-old is a force in the air, and his ability to pin defenders makes him valuable to Italy’s build-up play.
Fikayo Tomori will know Scamacca well from their battles in Serie A and his experience of that could be valuable for England.
No tracksuits for the Italians
19:17 , Matt Verri
Italy taking an early lead in the fashion battle with England.
They’ve rocked up as well-dressed as ever - slightly more casual approach from tonight’s hosts. Roberto Mancini very much leading the way.
Jack Grealish’s pre-match thoughts
19:09 , Matt Verri
“When you play for England there’s always pressure, but that’s something you’ve got to embrace.
“We want to enjoy tonight and hopefully put on a performance.”
Not going to be a particularly intimidating atmosphere...
19:04 , Matt Verri
Molineux for England v Italy. Behind closed doors, but under UEFA regs crowd of around 2,000 kids expected. pic.twitter.com/F4ZXDgD5dx
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 11, 2022
Southgate addresses his future
18:59 , Matt Verri
Gareth Southgate has cast doubt over his future as England manager, insisting he “will not outstay” his welcome.
The Three Lions boss is under pressure to produce results after a winless start to their Nations League campaign, losing 1-0 to Hungary and drawing 1-1 with Germany, and with five months until the World Cup.
Southgate, who led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and the Euro 2020 final in 2021, signed a new contract through to the end of 2024 in November last year.
“I won’t outstay my welcome but I think I can do a good job for the team, and I think we have done a good job for the team,” Southgate told reporters. “If you look back I have always said it. I am not going to be here forever am I? There will be another England manager.”
Visitors are ready...
18:52 , Matt Verri
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Azzurri_En) June 11, 2022
Extra motivation for Ward-Prowse
18:46 , Matt Verri
James Ward-Prowse, who starts tonight, says he is being spurred on by the disappointment of just missing out on England’s run to the final of the European Championships as he targets a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
When fit, Ward-Prowse was a regular feature of Southgate’s squads during the 2020/21 season and was named in the England boss’ provisional party for last summer’s Euros but was one of those axed when the group was narrowed down to a final 26 on the eve of the tournament.
“Obviously, having missed out on the European Championship squad, that was a big hurdle for me that I had to overcome but I see this as a new opportunity for me now, a new challenge and that’s given me a bit more of an incentive ahead of the World Cup announcement,” Ward-Prowse said.
Three Lions have arrived!
18:40 , Matt Verri
18:35 , Matt Verri
So plenty of changes from Southgate as expected. James, Tomori, Ward-Prowse and Abraham get the opportunity shine from the start, while Grealish is also in from the off after his impressive cameo against Germany.
Sure Kane will be keen to come on at some point, as he closes in on Rooney’s record.
Changes too for Italy, after a number of their squad were released from the squad to start their off-season.
Scamacca has been attracting a lot of attention recently and has been linked with a move to the Premier League, so he’ll be keen to impress.
18:28 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Gatti, Acerbi, Dimarco, Frattesi, Locatelli, Tonali, Pessina, Scamacca, Pellegrini
18:24 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Ramsdale, James, Tomori, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Ward-Prowse, Mount, Grealish, Sterling, Abraham
Subs: Pickford, Pope, Stones, Walker, Guehi, Coady, Bowen, Phillips, Bellingham, Kane, Gallagher, Saka
Italy struggling for form
18:23 , Matt Verri
It’s been a frustrating 2022 for Italy so far.
A shock defeat to North Macedonia earlier this year saw their World Cup hopes dashed, meaning the European champions will not be in Qatar later this year.
At the start of the month they were beaten 3-0 by Argentina at Wembley, and since then they’ve drawn to Germany and edged past Hungary.
Poor run from Mancini’s side.
Attendance at Molineux
18:13 , Matt Verri
England are expecting to have a crowd of around 2,000 people present for the behind-closed-doors match tonight, with parking regulations denying them an even bigger audience.
The crowd will be predominantly made up of children under the age of 14, with some adults accompanying them.
The match at Molineux is taking place behind closed doors after the Football Association (FA) were hit with sanctions following the crowd trouble that marred the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley last summer.
Under current UEFA regulations, children up to the age of 14 (accompanied by an adult) from schools or football academies can still be invited to the match free of charge.
Last time out...
18:06 , Matt Verri
England are bottom of their Nations League group, having lost to Hungary and then earning a 1-1 draw against Germany.
Southgate’s side were a few minutes away from losing back-to-back matches, but Harry Kane stepped up in Munich from the penalty spot to earn a point.
That was his 50th England goal - he’s now just three off Wayne Rooney’s record.
Southgate ready to make changes
17:59 , Matt Verri
Gareth Southgate has hinted that he is ready to ring the changes for England’s clash with Italy tonight.
The game is England’s third Nations League game in a week and comes off the back of a long Premier League season.
Southgate is ready to make changes to his team following Tuesday’s draw in Germany, however not necessarily due to fatigue but because of his desire to try players out before the World Cup in Qatar.
England have just four more games until they begin their campaign in Qatar and Southgate is eager to test players against high-quality opposition, like Italy.
Stage is set!
17:53 , Matt Verri
17:45 , Matt Verri
The Three Lions did improve in Germany and will be desperate to earn something of a revenge victory over Italy.
They have shown plenty of defensive fragility recently, although whether this inexperienced Azzurri side can take advantage of that is another matter.
A 2-0 England win.
Italy team news
17:39 , Matt Verri
Roberto Mancini faces a conundrum up front after dropping Ciro Immobile from his squad and seeing none of Andrea Belotti, Gianluca Scamacca or Giacomo Raspadori score when starting their three previous games.
Belotti and Leonardo Bonucci were both released from the Italian squad after the Hungary win. Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri and Lorenzo Insigne were among those allowed to begin their holidays earlier this month.
England team news
17:32 , Matt Verri
Kalvin Phillips is absent for England after being forced off in Munich with what Gareth Southgate described as a “severe dead leg”.
Jack Grealish impressed off the bench and can expect to start at Molineux while Phil Foden is a doubt after his spell out with Covid. Fikayo Tomoro, James Justin and Marc Guehi are pushing for starts after spells on the sidelines.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has departed the squad to begin his off-season after a long campaign with Liverpool.
Predicted England XI (4-3-3): Pickford; James, Tomori, Stones, Trippier; Bellingham, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher; Bowen, Abraham, Grealish.
How to watch England vs Italy
17:24 , Matt Verri
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on terrestrial television for free via Channel 4, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: All 4 will also show the match live on its website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here, with Simon Collings and Malik Ouzia providing expert analysis from Molineux.
15:31 , Matt Verri
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England’s Nations League clash with Italy.
Kick-off from Molineux is at 7.45pm BST.