From Rhys Jaggar:
Rooney and Kane start together tomorrow night.
I was wondering whether Roy would have the balls to try:
Clyne, Jagielka, Cahill, Bertrand;
Walcott, Barkley, Rooney;
One of the things I did when I finally grew up was to stop picking the England team.
If you do that you can be disappointed an hour before kick-off. I prefer to wait …and be disappointed later.
The result of this match isn’t important to Italy but they might do just enough to avoid defeat. How will Inter captain and centreback Andrea Ranocchia (27) do against Kane & Wayne?
The Italians take defending very seriously and that’s one of the things I like about them
And Conte will have a whole new midfield.
THAT MAKES THE RESULT VERY UNPREDICTABLE.
Carrick may be England’s key man tonight
I’ve seen the unreliable Ross Barkley do eye-catching things and hope he can give us a few good passes and a decent shot tonight.
UPDATE AT 7.45 am
Almost choked on my yoghurt & blueberries when I saw the Probable England team on Sky Sports News.
Clyne Smalling Jagielka Gibbs
Henderson Jones Delph
A team of big strong yeomen? Is that all we have?
Could that eleven keep the ball?
That’s a scared team built to grind out a draw against an experimental Italy eleven.
Still, maybe it’s not the team.
Let’s not expect too much. With Engerland, we never do.