The Three Lions complete the first international break of 2022 with a friendly against Ivory Coast on Tuesday night at Wembley Stadium, as Gareth Southgate’s men aim to make it two wins from two this year.
England prepare to face Ivory Coast at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday to bring an end to their first international break of the year, having already seen off Switzerland 2-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane.
And Kane may have the opportunity to edge closer to becoming England’s all-time top goalscorer should he feature against Ivory Coast tonight, with the African nation losing 2-1 to France on Friday in their other friendly and who possess a team full of Premier League talent.
Gareth Southgate had intentions of playing a completely different side to the one that defeated Switzerland at the weekend, although it remains to be seen as to whether he will stick with that decision.
When is England vs Ivory Coast?
England vs Ivory Coast will kick-off at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 29 at Wembley Stadium.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides in any form of competition, with both nations having avoided each other in the three World Cup’s that Ivory Coast have competed in and never having been involved in a friendly match before.
England have already qualified for this year’s World Cup after finishing top of their qualifying group to advance automatically, while Ivory Coast failed to advance from their group after finishing as runners-up to Cameroon, meaning they haven’t featured at the tournament since 2014.
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How to watch
Sky Sports currently hold the rights to broadcast England’s friendlies and so the match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Coverage will begin from 7pm.
Alternatively, highlights of the match will also be available to watch on ITV at 10:45pm, which can also be streamed via the ITV Hub.
England vs Ivory Coast odds from Betfred
England – 4/9
Draw – 10/3
Ivory Coast – 13/2
*odds subject to change
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Gareth Southgate will be expected to make a number of changes for this fixture, if not the full XI, as he looks to explore his options as England prepare for the World Cup later this year, with John Stones the only injury concern after feeling some muscular tightness ahead of the Switzerland game.
Harry Kane could be in contention to start again as he looks to chase down Wayne Rooney ’s goalscoring record, but the likes of Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse could all be handed starts for this match.
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As for Patrice Beaumelle’s side, they will also be expected to make a couple of changes from their defeat to France on Friday, although they will be operating with a fully fit squad as they look to trouble the Three Lions.
Arsenal ’s Nicolas Pepe scored for the Elephants against France and started that match alongside the likes of Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Willy Boly, Franck Kessie, Sebastien Haller and Wilfried Zaha, who could all retain their places here, while Max Gradel and Maxwell Cornett could be pushing for starts.