It’s been a difficult 2022/23 Nations League campaign for both England and Italy, who have collectively won just the single game between them in eight matches. The Three Lions currently find themselves bottom of Group A3 and teetering on the brink of relegation to League B, which will be confirmed if Italy win on Friday.
Gareth Southgate will be desperate to avoid slipping down a division, particularly on the eve of the World Cup, where momentum and confidence are vital commodities heading into a major international tournament. A four-game winless run in June has just tempered excitement slightly, and that will be exacerbated if relegation is confirmed in Milan.
It’s incredible the difference a year makes. This time just over 12 months ago, Roberto Mancini was being eulogised in Italy as he held the European Championship trophy aloft. Fast forward to this Friday and his side are still licking the wounds from their World Cup qualifying exit to North Macedonia and floundering in the Nations League.
Currently sat third in Group A3, Italy could be in serious danger of relegation themselves if they don’t get a result against England.
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Italy vs England match stats
In more recent history this has been a fixture between two relatively even sides who have failed to be separated after 90 minutes. In fact, across the last seven matches between England and Italy, only twice have one of these nations emerged victorious after 90 minutes, a 2-1 friendly win for England in 2012 and Italy’s 2-1 win in the 2014 World Cup groups. The last four fixtures have finished as a draw after regulation time.
As for who could influence this contest, Harry Kane will back himself to make an impact, ever by scoring or assisting. In fact, only Kevin De Bruyne (25), Mohamed Salah (24) and Jack Harrison (18) have created more chances than Kane (16) in the Premier League this season, emphasising his all-round ability rather than just a predilection for scoring goals.
11 Jul 2021 – Italy 1-1 (4-3 on pens) England – Euro 2020 Final
27 Mar 2018 – England 1-1 Italy – International friendly
31 Mar 2015 – Italy 1-1 England – International friendly
15 Jun 2014 – England 1-2 Italy – World Cup
The most notable fixture is, of course, that Euro 2020 final last summer at Wembley, in which Italy triumphed on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Most recently these nations drew 0-0 at Molineux back in June, a rather drab affair in the Midlands.
What are England and Italy’s chances of winning the Nations League?
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