Our prediction for this Nations League match:
After showing character in a 1-1 draw with Germany, England will be aiming to record their first win of the process when they take on Italy at Molineux Stadium. The Three Lions are desperate to pick up all three points from the match, and they will continue to rely on Tottenham ace Harry Kane, who scored a late equalizer in the Allianz Arena showdown. Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is a major doubt after limping off with injury against Germany, with Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham being ready to step up.
The Azzurri, on the other hand, did well to beat Hungary 2-1 in their second group game to climb to top position. However, home win should be considered this time out as the likes of Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa, and Ciro Immobile will be sorely missed this time out. A man to watch in the away team will be Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, who found the net in the triumph over Hungary.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.