Press conference with England forward Jack Grealish ahead of their Nations League matches against Italy and a Germany
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England are set to continue their Nations League campaign on Friday night when they take on Italy at the San Siro. The Three Lions have dropped to the bottom of their group after failing to win any of their first four matches and will be desperate for victory in Milan. And Express Sport takes a look at the key information for supporters who want to watch the showdown.
How to watch Italy vs England
England’s match with Italy will be shown live on Channel 4 in the UK and will be free to watch. Channel 4 won the rights to screen England’s European qualifying matches and their Nations League matches in April this year and will continue to air them until 2024.
Italy vs England live stream details
People living in the UK can live stream England’s clash with Italy for free on Channel 4’s streaming service All 4.
Italy vs England start time
Channel 4’s coverage of England’s latest Nations League clash will start at 7pm. Jules Breach is in Milan to present the coverage, with former Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero and ex-England international Eniola Aluko among those on punditry duties. Steve Bower will be in the commentary box, with the match scheduled to get underway at 7.45pm BST.
England endured a disappointing start to their Nations League campaign in June, where they played four matches in the space of 11 days. They were defeated 1-0 in Hungary in their opening match, before playing out a 1-1 draw away in Germany three days later.
Gareth Southgate’s team then held Italy to a 0-0 draw at an empty Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton. But four days afterwards they suffered the ignominy of being thumped 4-0 by Hungary in the Black Country. And if England lose on Friday night, they will be relegated to the second tier of the Nations League for the next competition.
If England do get relegated, they could find themselves facing the likes of Greece, Kazakhstan and Georgia in future Nations League matches as those three teams are all on the verge of winning promotion from the third tier. And the Three Lions’ chances of reaching Euro 2024 could also be affected by relegation as they would face a more challenging qualifying group.
But England star Jack Grealish has insisted he and his team-mates are embracing the challenge of staying in the top tier. “I think for us, it’s something we’re obviously aware of, but something that we’re all embracing,” the Manchester City attacker said as he spoke about the threat of relegation. “We have two matches now that are going to be very tough opposition and this is really like your pre-World Cup camp.”
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