International Friendly Preview: England v Italy

After their Euro 2012 humbling at the hands of Italy, England meet Cesare Prandelli’s men once more, this time in an international friendly in Switzerland. England’s tormentor in chief that night, Andrea Pirlo, is rested after his Super Cup excursions with Juventus, while it is a youthful looking Italian squad.

England have been dealt with injury blows throughout the build-up to this game, but there is a recall for Michael Carrick. The Manchester United midfielder hasn’t featured for the national side for over three years, but is included despite asking to not be considered for international duty last January.

Theo Walcott was the latest star to be added to the injury list, joining team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge in withdrawing from the squad. It looks likely young ‘keeper Jack Butland will make his senior debut after impressing during the Olympics, while Ryan Bertrand and Steven Caulker could also feature. Mario Balotelli misses out for Italy, the Manchester City striker is suffering from an eye infection.

Roy Hodgson is left with few options in attack, with Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe his only recognised strikers. Both men are at 2.80 to get on the scoresheet at anytime during the match.

Italy coach Prandelli has already released his starting line-up for the game, with only three players surviving from the eleven that started the Euro 2012 quarter-final clash. Ignazio Abate, Federico Balzaretti and Daniele De Rossi keep their place, but it’s an all new attacking line-up with young duo Mattia Destro and Milan ace Stephan El Shaarawy. Destro, who recently signed for Roma, is 8.00 to be the first goalscorer.

Odds On: England to win – 2.40 | Draw – 3.25 | Italy to win – 2.85

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14/08/2012 - posted by admin
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