England topped their group to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Three Lions took on Netherlands on 23 March, before playing hosts to Italy on Tuesday at Wembley.
Against the Netherlands in Amsterdam Gareth Southgate won his 1st friendly as England Manager at the 6th attempt (D3, L2) and England have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 internationals (not conceding for 537 mins) and in 10 of their 15 games under Southgate as they won 1-0
The Azzurri won’t be playing at the World Cup in June-July and lost in their friendly against Argentina 2-0.
Star striker Harry Kane misses the friendlies through an injury that is likely to see him side-lined for about four weeks, while there were also a few surprise inclusions, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Danny Welbeck and Nick Pope being selected for the team.
Here is England’s 27-man squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Jack Butland, Joe Hart
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Alfie Mawson, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, John Stones, James Tarkowski, Kieran Trippier
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Lewis Cook, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young
Forwards: Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck
Gianluigi Buffon extends his international career after being included in Italy’s squad for the friendlies against Argentina and England.
As well as picking Buffon, Di Biagio – who has stepped up from his role as Under-21 boss on a temporary basis – has also named uncapped forwards Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone in a 26-man squad.
There is a recall for Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, who won the last of his eight caps in December 2016, but Mario Balotelli and Simone Zaza both miss out.
England are 11/10, Italy 5/2 and the draw 23/10 with Bet365. The draw at 23-10 looks the most interesting option.