How we expect England to line up against Italy today

The Manchester City star contracted the virus earlier this month, missing England’s games with Hungary and Germany as a result. Foden is now back in training ahead of Italy’s visit to Molineux on Saturday, but Gareth Southgate won’t rush his return.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips misses the game after picking up an injury in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Munich.

“We are assessing both,” Three Lions boss Southgate said on Friday. “Phil joined in with the training this morning.


“He is progressing, not quickly I’d have to say, so there is still some doubt as to whether he can be involved in either game [against Italy or Hungary on Tuesday]. But he is obviously keen to be here and wants to do it, so we are going to give him as long as we possibly can and keep monitoring him each day.

“Kalvin didn’t train with the group so he would be doubtful for tomorrow, but we will see in the morning.”

Southgate had an otherwise fit squad but is expected to make changes after a long Premier League season. Reece James gets a game at right-back, while AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori is finally handed a chance to start.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice partners James Ward-Prowse in the middle of the park, while Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling lineup alongisde Tammy Abraham in attack.

Starting England XI (3-4-3): Ramsdale, James, Tomori, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Ward-Prowse, Mount, Grealish, Sterling, Abraham

Subs: Pickford, Pope, Stones, Walker, Guehi, Coady, Bowen, Phillips, Bellingham, Kane, Gallagher, Saka

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