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England vs Ireland preview

The last international break was a mixed bag for England: a rotated side saw off Wales in a comfortable 3-0 friendly win before the Three Lions earned an impressive 2-1 comeback win against Belgium in the Nations League – currently the world’s No.1 ranked team.

However, England threw away all their hard work against Belgium as they slumped to a dour 1-0 home defeat to Denmark to slip to third in their Nations group.

With the rescheduled European Championships on the horizon, there are still plenty of squad places up for grabs – and Southgate needs to see a little more discipline and consistency from this squad if they are to genuinely challenge next year.

England vs Ireland is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

The international friendly match will be held behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium.

TV channel: The match will be televised on ITV, with coverage starting at 7:30pm.

Live stream: ITV subscribers will be able to watch the match free online via the ITV Player.

England team news and squad

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been forced to withdraw from Southgate’s squad after suffering a calf injury during Liverpool’s draw at Manchester City on Sunday.

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Alexander-Arnold is out

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With Premier League managers wary of mounting injury issues due to a tight fixture schedule this season, it is unlikely Southgate will go full strength here – especially if the Iceland game on the 18th is in doubt. Expect a rotated lineup against Ireland, and a strong XI against Belgium on the 15th.

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Man United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man City), Reece James (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Man City)

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Prediction: England 1-0 Ireland

Predictions in international friendlies are always difficult given that they tend to effectively end as contests when a wave of substitutes come after the hour-mark. Southgate would probably privately welcome a win of any sort, and to leave Wembley with no injuries to key players ahead of the Belgium game.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Last meeting: Ireland 0-0 England (friendly, June 7, 2015)

Bettings odds and tips (subject to change)

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