England XI vs Italy: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Nations League game

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ngland have little in the way of fresh injury concerns as their World Cup countdown begins with a Nations League clash away in Italy on Friday night.

While Gareth Southgate has had to deal with the enforced absences of Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Pickford, the Three Lions boss has largely the core of the group who have made deep runs into two consecutive tournaments.

In place of Phillips, Jude Bellingham will likely partner Declan Rice in midfield, with Jordan Henderson only just returning from a hamstring injury.

John Stones’ suspension could see Fikayo Tomori pair Harry Maguire in central defence, with a 4-2-3-1 system a possibility. Southgate has little time to tinker in personnel, although Pickford’s injury may see Aaron Ramsdale come in between the posts.

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, two pillars of Southgate’s success, will almost certainly start up front alongside Phil Foden and Mason Mount.

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England predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; James, Tomori, Maguire, Chilwell; Rice, Bellingham; Sterling, Mount, Foden, Kane

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