- England vs Italy will kick off at 2145EAT on Tuesday.
- England occupy top spot in Group C on 13 points.
- Italy are in second place on 10 points.
England and Italy are set to renew their rivalry when they meet in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lions will be aiming to seek revenge in a venue where Italy beat them on post-match penalties to clinch the Euro 2020 title.
For Gareth Southgate’s men, the memories of that fateful day will still be fresh in their minds as the result ensured the Azzurri denied them a golden opportunity of finally lifting an international trophy after a 55-year drought.
On the other hand, Italy come into the match knowing that a defeat will derail their chances of earning the coveted ticket to Germany.
The side, who are now under the leadership of Napoli’s title-winning coach Luciano Spalleti, currently sit second in Group C, tied at 10 points with Ukraine, although the latter has played a game more with England occupying top spot on 13 points.
Who will have the last laugh in the mouth watering clash? Here is everything you need to know about the match.
What time does England vs Italy start?
The match is expected to kick off at 19:45pm UK Time at Wembley Stadium.
England vs Italy Team News
Italy will go into Tuesday’s game with controversies off the field and several star players nursing injuries.
The Azzurri will miss the services of Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali and Aston Villa ace Nicolo Zaniolo who withdrew from the squad due to gambling allegations.
Ivan Provedel, Mattia Zaccagni and Federico Chiesa are also expected to miss the crunch tie because of injuries.
Gareth Southgate on the other hand will be without Arsenal star Bukayo Saka who is recovering from an injury.
Bayern Munich goal machine Harry Kane, Real Madrid reliable midfielder Jude Bellingham, Kyle Walker and Jordan Pickford are likely to return to the first 11 after starting on the bench in England’s 1-0 friendly win against Australia on Friday.
England Possible Starting Lineup
Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Guehi, Walker, Rice, Alexander-Arnold, Bellingham, Rashford, Foden, Kane
Italy Possible Starting Lineup
Donnarumma, Mancini, Damian, Dimarco, Bastoni, Locatelli, Frattesi, Barella, Raspadori, Berardi, Kean
England vs Italy head-to-head
Italy has won four in the nine matches that the country has played against England and registered a similar number of draws.
The Three Lions only managed to beat the 2006 FIFA World Cup champions once in those matches.
The win came on Thursday, March 23, where goals from Kane and Rice helped the team beat Italy 2-1 with Mateo Retegui netting a consolation for the hosts.
England vs Italy Current Form
England and Italy both won their latest matches, even though the former did so in a disappointing fashion.
Ollie Watkins’ second half goal was enough to help the Three Lions beat Australia 1-0 at Wembley.
On the other hand, Italy thrashed a weak Malta side 4-0 in a Euro qualifiers match played on Saturday.
England has won four of their last five matches beating Scotland, North Macedonia, Australia and Malta, and drew one. They failed to pick up maximum points in their 1-1 draw against Ukraine.
Meanwhile, their opponents have registered three victories, one draw and a defeat in the same number of games.
The Azzurri managed to beat Netherlands, Malta and Ukraine, drew against North Macedonia and lost to Spain.
England vs Italy Prediction
England are a few points away from confirming their participation in the 2024 Euros tournament while Italy still has a mountain to climb.
The hosts also have very few injury issues compared to Italy and are backed to get their revenge at Wembley.
The Italians may however want to have their say in the match and goals from either side could be witnessed.