England welcome Ireland in non-competitive action ahead of their mouthwatering encounter with Belgium. Gareth Southgate has selected a 29-man squad for the international triple header but will have to make do without injured pair Danny Ings and Kalvin Phillips. Phil Foden returns to the fold after well documented disciplinary issues but there is no place for compatriot Mason Greenwood.
Where and when: Wembley, London – 12 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see England vs. Italy: ITV
Last time: Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart all featured in the stalemate at Aviva Stadium in 2015.
England v Ireland Predictions and Preview
Southgate is likely to use the tune up with Ireland to give the newer faces in his setup a chance to shine. Dean Henderson has yet to play at senior level but merits his opportunity, while Reece James will come in for Trent Alexander-Arnold who withdrew from the camp after picking up an injury in Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City. Club team-mate Ben Chilwell will operate on the left flank and both will be encouraged to push on.
The ex-Middlesbrough boss is spoilt for choice in attack with two from Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Sterling battling it out to flank Harry Kane.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Jadon Sancho to score last||9/2||Offer|
|England to win 3-0||15/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||17/4||Offer|
The Three Lions skipper has sparkled for Tottenham this term and has contributed eight goals and nine assists from just 15 club appearances. Kane is 13/5 to open proceedings and Sterling is available at 9/2. The Blues talisman has been a mainstay under Southgate and has even worn the armband in the absence of the regular captain.
Grealish is 13/10 to net anytime and is in the form of his life. The Birmingham born playmaker has finally forced his way in to Southgate’s thinking and was instrumental in Aston Villa’s convincing triumph over Arsenal last weekend. England are 1/3 to get the better of their opponents and a draw is 15/4.
Stephen Kenny is yet to taste success as Ireland boss. The Boys in Green lost their Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia and all focus now turns to the World Cup in Qatar.
There is a strong Premier League and Championship flavour to Kenny’s group, indeed, only Shane Duffy plies his trade outside of England. Callum Robinson and Aaron Connolly should lead the line and are 9/2 and 11/2, respectively, to bag anytime. Seamus Coleman, Jeff Hendrick, James McCarthy and John Egan are all expected to turn out for the Boys in Green and an important victory for Kenny is 10/1.
One to watch for England: Dominic Calvert-Lewin has flourished under Carlo Ancelotti and is formidable in the air. The Everton hitman is 5/2 to bag last and offers something different to Kane.
One to watch for Ireland: James Collins has struck on five occasions for Luton Town this season and is 11/1 to notch the last effort.
Long shot: It has been a mixed year for England but the quality at Southgate’s disposal means the Three Lions are rightly considered one of the favourites for next summer’s European Championship. The hosts will have the majority of the possession and, while England will be respectful of Ireland, there is a gulf in quality between the two teams. A 5-0 outcome is 33/1.