While Gareth Southgate’s success has been built on performances in major tournaments, the Three Lions went winless during the last set of international fixtures and were booed off at times, embarrassed by Hungary at Molineux after also losing in Budapest.
Italy, of course, denied England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley and boast a fine record against them on home soil. Not since 1961 have England won in Italy and a huge improvement will be needed tonight with Qatar looming and the crisis that threatened to emerge earlier this summer.
The penultimate game before the World Cup, Southgate has little time to raise morale. Here’s everything you need to know about this evening’s game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Italy vs England is set for a 7.45pm BST kick-off on Friday September 23, 2022.
Where to watch Italy vs England
TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live free-to-air on Channel 4, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: All 4 (free with a subscription) will also provide a live stream online.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action tonight with Standard Sport’s dedicated live match blog, with expert analysis from chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick in Milan.
Italy vs England lineups and team news
Italy XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci (c), Acerbi, Toloi, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Raspadori, Barella, Scamacca
Subs: Meret, Vicario, Luiz Felipe, Pobega, Frattesi, Gnonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni
England XI: Pope; Walker, James, Dier, Maguire, Saka; Rice, Bellingham, Sterling, Kane, Foden
Subs: Trippier, Ramsdale, Shaw, Grealish, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Abraham
Italy vs England prediction
This is one is likely to be cagey. England cannot risk getting played off the park in what has been a difficult atmosphere for them over the years.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Italy wins: 12
England wins: 9