Harry Kane set to enjoy first start for England for friendly v Italy
England are practically qualified for Euro 2016 although there’s a chance to test themselves against a better team than Lithuania on Tuesday night.
Roy Hodgson has had to contend with several players dropping out of the squad for this friendly match, although he will still be able to field a fairly strong XI for a game against an Italy side who don’t boast a great deal of experience.
The Azzurri managed a 2-2 draw in Bulgaria on Friday night, although none of the six forwards in the Italy squad have any more than a goal to their name for the national side, with Antonio Candreva the most experienced midfielder in the set-up.
Antonio Conte faces something of a rebuilding exercise and the match in Turin is an ideal chance to field several new players to see whether Italy can achieve the right sort of blend ahead of Euro 2016 next year.
We know that friendlies are often played at a sedate pace, although Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane could be fielded in attack as part of a 4-4-2 formation, with Theo Walcott and Ross Barkley also in line to start the game.
Hodgson will be keen to keep the winning habit going and England look well-priced against a team who only drew 1-1 with Croatia in qualifying while they also laboured to a 2-1 win against Azerbaijan.
Kane is a man on fire at the moment, with Joe Hart, Gary Cahill and Phil Jones set to be rock solid at the back against a relatively toothless Italian attack.
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