England will take on Italy in the UEFA Nations League in a bid to get in shape ahead of the 2022 World Cup this winter
After a thrilling start to the Premier League that left Arsenal in first place ahead of the international break, England return to the Nations League.
The Three Lions will be hoping to improve on their previous results after being beaten 4-0 by Hungary in their last game in June, while a number of stars will play for their seat on the plane to Qatar for the World Cup this winter.
England begin the break with a trip to Milan to meet Italy later this week before hosting Germany at Wembley on Monday night.
Here’s everything you need to know about her upcoming match against her previous Euro 2020 final opponents…
When does Italy play England?
England meets Italy this Friday (September 23) in the Nations League.
The game is set to kick off at 19:45 BST and will be played at AC Milan and Inter Milan’s home stadium – the San Siro.
How to watch Italy vs England on TV
The Italy v England game will be broadcast live on Channel 4 in the UK this week.
Pre-match setup can be viewed from 19:00 (BST) – 45 minutes before kick-off.
UK viewers can also stream the game live on the Channel 4 website or All 4 app.
Gareth Southgate last week named his squad for the upcoming games – with his selection causing controversy as usual.
The likes of Harry Maguire, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jarrod Bowen remain with the team despite their respective struggles in form this season, while Brentford’s Ivan Toney is set for his first cap after Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford’s potential return was nullified by injury.
Kalvin Phillips has been forced to resign after Pep Guardiola confirmed the Man City midfielder would have surgery on his shoulder, with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson now confirmed as his replacement.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has named a number of familiar faces in his Italy squad, including Chelsea’s Jorginho and Premier League newcomers Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds) and Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham).
All but three of Italy’s final Euro 2020 starting line-up have been named for Nations League matches.
How is England doing in Group 3?
After four games, England are currently bottom of Group 3 with just two points.
They drew against Germany and Italy in the last international break but the Three Lions were twice beaten by Hungary – conceding five goals and scoring none.
Hungary are now at the top of the group with seven points, followed by Germany with six points and Italy with five points.
Group 3 games
• September 23 – Italy – England (7:45 p.m.)
• 23 September – Germany vs Hungary (7:45 p.m.)
• September 26 – Hungary – Italy (19:45)
• 26 September – England vs Germany (7.45pm)
Despite their poor performances in the last international break as well as their Euro 2020 defeat by Italy, bookmakers still have England as favorites to win in Milan on Friday.