England vs ItalyUEFA Nations League Preview & Potential Lineups

by Marko Vrakela
UEFA Euro 2020 - Preview Show - Euro 2020 Star's
UEFA Euro 2020 - Preview Show - Euro 2020 Star's

Molineux Stadium, the home venue of Wolverhampton Wanderers, forms the backdrop for a mouth-watering UEFA Nations League match-up between England and Italy.

In a repeat of the Euro 2020 grand final, Gareth Southgate's men will seek revenge after going down via a nail-biting penalty shoot-out in the Wembley showpiece last summer. 

Gli Azzurri were responsible for crushing England's dreams of winning their first-ever European Championships title in the sacred temple of English football. 

So the Three Lions will be out to not only get their stuttering 2022/23 Nations League campaign off the mark but to avenge the biggest upset in the country's recent history. 

Things are not going Italy's way these days. Only a year since being crowned European champions, they failed to qualify for another World Cup finals.

Having done so twice in a row for the first time in the nation's history, the Italians have a point to prove against their peers in the West Midlands. 

All that promises a spectacle at Molineux.

Match Preview

England

After an underwhelming 1-0 defeat away to Hungary in their Group A3 curtain-raiser, England pegged Germany back to eke out a 1-1 draw in Munich last time out.

A two-game winless start to their new Nations League journey made it one win in five matches in the competition for Southgate's side (D1, L3).

The Three Lions failed to get on the scoresheet in three of those games, highlighting the team's lack of chemistry in the final third. 

But on the bright side, they have won all but one of their five home internationals since suffering the Euro 2020 heartbreak at Wembley (D1). 

Italy

Italy and Germany shared the spoils in an enthralling 1-1 draw on Matchday 1 before Roberto Mancini's side pulled off a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Hungary last time out.

Yet, the scars of an embarrassing 3-0 Finalissima defeat to CONMEBOL heavyweights Argentina earlier this month are still fresh. 

That reverse forms part of Italy's lacklustre seven-game form in international football (W2, D3, L2).

However, Gli Azzurri can draw confidence from a decent four-game undefeated streak against England (W1, D3).

How could teams line up?

Germany Potential Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Kehrer, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, Raum; Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala; Kai Havertz.

England Potential Starting XI (3-4-3): Jordan Pickford; Reece James, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish.


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