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Who will prevail?
Italy, England or a draw
Italy [ 3 ] ** [60.00%]
Draw [ 2 ] ** [40.00%]
England [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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post Mar 31 2015, 11:31 AM
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Tonight we have got Italy v England at 7:45 on ITV.

From BBC Sport website:

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane will make his first England start in Tuesday's friendly against Italy, lining up alongside captain Wayne Rooney.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 29 goals for Spurs this season, found the net just 79 seconds after coming on for his debut in Friday's 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania.

"Harry deserves his chance," said England coach Roy Hodgson.

"This is a chance for some of the squad players to show they are good enough."

Kane has scored eight goals in 10 appearances for England Under-21s and may play for Gareth Southgate's side in their European Championship in the Czech Republic this summer.

Manchester United forward Rooney, meanwhile, is just two goals away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time England scoring record of 49 after heading England's first in their victory over Lithuania.

While Hodgson refused to be drawn on the rest of his line-up, Italy counterpart Antonio Conte has named a starting XI with only defender Giorgio Chiellini surviving from the team that beat England in their World Cup opener in June.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is included, with Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon starting at his club's home ground.

Italy are unbeaten since the World Cup, but needed an 84th-minute goal from Sampdoria's Eder to draw 2-2 with Bulgaria on Saturday.

England are without forward Danny Welbeck, midfielders Raheem Sterling and James Milner and defender Leighton Baines.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand could win his third cap after being called up as cover at left-back.



What do you think the score will be?

What do you think the starting XI will be?


All comments and opinions are welcome.

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post Mar 31 2015, 07:02 PM
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post Mar 31 2015, 07:23 PM
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Italy slamming us right now.

Phil Jones in midfield says it all really.
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post Mar 31 2015, 07:27 PM
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England were only much better against Lithuania compared to how they are playing against Italy is because Lithuania are much inferior opponents compared to Italy.

How have England made progress?

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post Mar 31 2015, 07:29 PM
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England were only much better against Lithuania compared to how they are playing against Italy is because Lithuania are much inferior opponents compared to Italy.

How have England made progress?


We will never make progress under Roy Hodgson. He doesn't have the mentality or knowledge to take us to the next level.
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post Mar 31 2015, 07:52 PM
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Without Joe Hart, it could have got even worse for England.

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post Mar 31 2015, 08:37 PM
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Game came good in the end. Superb goal from Townsend.
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post Mar 31 2015, 09:21 PM
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Watched it down the pub and England massively improved second half. Once players were playing in their right positions (Jones, Carrick, Rooney), we played some nice stuff and could have won. Kane looked good too, a definite handful.
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post Mar 31 2015, 11:13 PM
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Played well once Carrick came on, Italy went to pieces after their substitutions.

Hodgson's main problem is that the team lacks coherency going forward. Every misunderstanding and split second of hesitation comes down to the fact that we can't really field an attacking line-up that bears a resemblance to any of our clubs because we've got a lot of options and they're all either fairly versatile (Welbeck, Sterling etc.), new in the team (Kane) or don't play with any of the others every week (Barkley).

His main priority should be to work on that - cover in defence is thin but at least Jones and Smalling are playing together for United regularly now.
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post Apr 1 2015, 08:41 AM
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Was anyone expecting England to win this especially playing away to Italy, I didn't even watch it, at least in the end they drew. You can't really compare the game with the qualifying group in the Euro comp when they are playing against small fish.
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