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Italy vs. England: Team News, Predicted Line-Ups, Live Stream and TV Info

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Harry Kane of England (R) celebrates with Danny Welbeck (C) and Ross Barkley of England after scoring on his debut during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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England maintained their 100 per cent win record since the World Cup when they easily dispatched Lithuania 4-0 on Friday.

The headlines coming out of the game were all about Harry Kane and the fact he scored within 79 seconds of making his senior debut.

He was rightly thrilled—as was the rest of the country, let alone his teammates and manager.

It was some introduction to the international arena, but now Kane faces an altogether different challenge when England travel to Turin to face Italy on Tuesday.

Indeed, it's a big challenge for Roy Hodgson's maturing team, too.

Italy defeated England at last summer's World Cup—although they too crashed out in the group stage—and they will pose a big threat once more—this time on home soil.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  Raheem Sterling of England takes on Gabriel Paletta of Italy during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images
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As a friendly, this game isn't so much about the result. What Hodgson needs to see from his players more than anything is that they have the capabilities to deal with teams like the Italians.

Italy are vastly superior to any of those sides England have faced to date in Euro 2016 qualifying, but despite their reputation are evenly pegged with the Three Lions.

England's qualification group has actually done them a favour, putting them against weaker sides to build confidence and rhythm.

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Now they must show they are no Arsenal—that they aren't the flat-track bullies of international football.

Arsene Wenger's side are renowned for brushing aside the lesser teams, but when it comes to their rivals, they struggle somewhat.

England can't afford to develop that reputation. It's not good for business, least of all the psychological side of their game.

For once we approach an England friendly expecting to learn plenty from it.

Over to you boys.

Date: Tuesday, March 31

Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin

TV Info: ITV (UK only)

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK only)

Team news

England's squad is looking rather depleted ahead of this clash with Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, James Milner and Leighton Baines all forced out through injury after that Lithuania victory.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Danny Welbeck of England is pursued by Fiodor Cernych of Lithuania during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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As for Italy, Gianluigi Buffon could be back in the line-up after he missed the recent draw with Bulgaria after contracting a fever.

Davide Santon and Ignazio Abate have also been called up to the squad to give manager Antonio Conte more strength in reserve.

Last Five games

Italy
Oct. 10Italy 2-1 Azerbaijan
Oct. 13Malta 0-1 Italy
Nov. 16Italy 1-1 Croatia
Nov. 18Italy 1-0 Albania
Mar. 28Bulgaria 2-2 Italy
UEFA
England
Oct. 9England 5-0 San Marino
Oct. 12Estonia 0-1 England
Nov. 15England 3-1 Slovenia
Nov. 18Scotland 1-3 England
Mar. 27England 4-0 Lithuania
UEFA

All-time head-to-head

England vs. Italy
England winDrawsItaly wins
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Players to watch

Graziano Pelle

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 16:  Graziano Pelle of Italy gestures during the EURO 2016 Group H Qualifier match between Italy and Croatia at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on  November 16, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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It seems lazy to suggest Graziano Pelle as among those to watch on Tuesday given we see him every week in the Premier League.

What makes him a focus, though, is that he is so raw at this level.

He has just two caps for his country and coming up against England, his manager may well look to test him against players he knows well.

Pelle has been among the goals for Saints this term and at 29 years old, he knows he must make a quick impression for Italy if he is to maintain his place within the squad.

Wayne Rooney

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Wayne Rooney of England reacts during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 27, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Yes, all the talk is of Harry Kane in attack right now, yet Wayne Rooney has moved to within touching distance of Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record.

Rooney's strike against Lithuania on Friday puts him on 47, one behind Gary Lineker and two behind Charlton.

A brace against Italy will see him move level and with all the focus on Kane, Rooney may well enjoy having a rare evening away from the spotlight.

Prediction

Italy 1-2 England

Odds

Home win: 17/10

Away win: 21/10

Draw: 9/4

First goalscorer: Harry Kane (7/1)

*Odds via Oddschecker

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