Italy head coach Roberto Mancini has recommended England are among the many finest worldwide groups on this planet and is anticipating a ‘very exhausting match’ towards the Three Lions on Friday evening.
The Azzurri edged it on penalties when the 2 nations met within the Euro 2020 remaining simply over a yr in the past, whereas a UEFA Nations League conflict in June resulted in a 0-0 draw.
However regardless that England have didn’t win any of their final 4 video games, together with a heavy house defeat to Hungary, and face relegation to League B, Mancini is beneath no illusions in regards to the high quality his aspect will face at San Siro.
“The English group is a superb group. It was an excellent group in Euro 2020 and it was an excellent group earlier than,” Mancini mentioned forward of the crunch sport.
“I feel England is among the finest groups on this planet. It is filled with expertise, particularly the forwards. They’ve many gamers other than Harry Kane, who’s a rare participant, however the younger gamers round him could make a distinction. So it is going to be a really exhausting match for us.”
Having additionally didn’t beat Germany and misplaced away towards Hungary, England have simply two factors on this Nations League marketing campaign and already can’t attain the ultimate with two video games to play.
They’re backside of the group and path Italy by three factors, which implies they are going to be relegated to the second tier for the primary time in the event that they lose both towards the Italians or certainly towards Germany of their remaining sport three days later. Even then, their future will not be in their very own fingers.