England vs Italy 27 March 2018: International Soccer Preview and Predictions

28 March, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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"I feel sometimes there is too much negativity", Sterling told BBC.

Glenn Hoddle, as always seems to be the case when an England game is the telly these days, was trending on UK Twitter on Tuesday evening. The referee allowed the goal, despite the protests of the visitors, and Southgate's men finally began to play with some confidence.

"If you want your country to do well as everyone says, bring a positive light to it", the winger said.

As part of our work with Football Beyond Borders, The FA invited 15-year-old Ayman to Wembley to run the rule over England's World Cup hopefuls.

"We all need to understand Italy starts - not from zero, but not very far from zero", Bonucci said, per The Guardian.

There was a time in the last decade - when England boasted the so-called Golden Generation of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and John Terry - when the Three Lions routinely went off to tournaments believing the trophy would be theirs.

"It's disappointing when you put on a shirt and get negative feedback", admitted Sterling. "I think the ruling is "clear and obvious" and it's not".

"We will still be monitoring everybody between now and the end of the season because there is probably a squad of 31, 32 players that are in contention and none of us know what is going to happen in the next eight to 10 weeks".

As for England, they are a counter-attacking team and prefer to be out of possession to hit their opponents on the break.


But while England coasted to a place in Russian Federation 2018, the Azzurri suffered a catastrophic qualifying campaign that left them outside the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Yet England were denied when substitute Federico Chiesa went down under a challenge from England debutant James Tarkowski late on and, after a lengthy delay, the Video Assistant Referee decided Italy should have a penalty.

The young prodigy's career has been on the up this season, both on the domestic and the worldwide stage, with Claude Puel and England U-21s' manager Aidy Boothroyd now starting to show more faith in him.

Even though veteran players like Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Antonio Candreva are still in the squad, players like Daniele Rugani, Marco Verratti, Andrea Belotti and Lorenzo Insigne may well prove to be the stars of the future national team.

One of the most intriguing selection battles is between Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart for the goalkeeper's jersey.

Harry Kane is injured, meaning England have no focal point.

The Italians will, however, be without the services of veteran Giorgio Chiellini through injury.

Jack Butland will start in goal at Wembley Stadium, with Gareth Southgate set to hand starts to Eric Dier, Ashley Young and Jamie Vardy, according to the Daily Mail.

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