Two years after a thrilling continental final, England and Italy square off in a crucial Euro 2024 qualifier in Group C on Tuesday evening.
Gareth Southgate’s men are potentially just 90 minutes away from sealing their ticket to Germany, despite being only three points ahead of the Azzurri.
Knowing the significance of the tie ahead, Gareth Southgate handed rest to some of his key players last week as England played Australia in an international friendly.
Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of the game for the Three Lions who were not too convincing in the game.
Southgate’s squad and tactics against Graham Arnold’s team sparked debate, but a victory is a victory for the Three Lions, who now embrace their competitive caps with the possibility of sealing Euro 2024 qualification with two games to spare.
Ukraine may have broken England’s 100% record in Group C on matchday five, but with 13 points, the hosts only need to avoid defeat against Italy on Tuesday to secure a top-two finish.
Luciano Spalletti’s team dropped points in the group last month, being held to a 1-1 draw with Macedonia, but Saturday’s victory over Malta has the champions back in second position.
Italy and Ukraine are separated only by head-to-head results, and nothing can be determined about the Azzurri’s top two chances before the end of the month.
The game is scheduled for a 18:45 GMT kickoff on Tuesday.