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England - Italy: Squadra Azzurra facing its demons, England close to qualification

England can validate their ticket for the Euro in the event of victory this evening. Italy, in turmoil with the illicit betting scandal, must win to avoid having its back against the wall again for international qualification.

This shock begins at be familiar to us. Since Italy's euphoric triumph against England in the Euro 2020 final on July 11, 2021  London on penalties, the two nations have already won. found at three times: twice in the Nations League, and once in these qualifiers. And this time, it is the English who could well throw a chill over Italy: in the event of a defeat or a draw, the Squadra Azzurra will certainly play their qualification on November 20 against Ukraine , a match that she will be forbidden to lose. Enough to bring back the Swedish and Macedonian demons, which deprived them of the last two World Cups.

The Squadra Azzurra in troubled waters

Roberto Mancini at; Having just left for Saudi Arabia, the recent Italian champion Luciano Spalletti has just left. barely installed to replace it, the Squadra faces; a major challenge: staying the course to validate your qualification for Euro 2024 and find the right formula, with a young team and without certainty, to defend their title. But more than ever, the Azzurro ship is rocking, and the wind is not blowing as it pleases. sailboats: here you go to which has been added, for a week, a scandal of illicit sports betting involving major Italian players, which is reminiscent of the sadly famous "Totonero" from 1980.

The young Juventino talent Nicolò Fagioli is implicated in the affair, as well as two players from the Nazionale, who had to be arrested. leave the group to be questioned by investigators: Nicolò Zaniolo and Sandro Tonali, 15 caps each. Added to these absences are the packages of Federico Chiesa and Ciro Immobile. In this context, the Italians will have to show exemplary strength of character to compete, at the highest level. Wembley, with an English selection in full confidence. And if they are superstitious, they will certainly take a dim view of the choice of this evening's referee: the Frenchman Clément Turpin, who had refereed the match. the tragic defeat of Italy against North Macedonia in the 2022 World Cup play-offs (0-1).

The Three Lions impress

Side English, everything is fine in the best of all possible worlds, or almost. Undefeated in these qualifiers and since their defeat in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, the English are patiently building a team that looks more and more like theirs. a formidable favorite for Euro 2024. The proposed game by Gareth Southgate's men is not always attractive, but the quality The strength of individuality is such that the Three Lions score an average of three goals per match (helped by a nice 7-0 against North Macedonia). After their success at Naples to the first leg (1-2), a victory this evening would complete their qualifying campaign, securing their ticket for the final phase in Germany.

Some packages are still available. deplorable for the English. In the absence of Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell, the selection no longer has a professional left back, and Kieran Trippier should help out in this corridor. Bukayo Saka is injured; also. Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford should therefore accompany captain Harry Kane on the attacking front. And with Jude Bellingham in full swing and the return of John Stones in central defense, England has all the weapons to sink the Azzurro ship.

At what time will the England match take place – Italy?

The England – Italy match will take place on Tuesday October 17, 2023 at 8:45 p.m.

On which channel can you watch the England – Italy match?

The England – Italy match will be on follow live at 8:45 p.m. on La Chaîne L'Equipe, which owns the broadcast rights to the qualifier matches at 8:45 p.m. Euro 2024.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116