Harry Maguire hasn’t started a Premier League game for Manchester United in the last six weeks but is still seen by Gareth Southgate as a key leader of England’s defence.

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The England manager is, however, likely to provide Maguire with extra cover and start with three center-backs in the San Siro.

 

Bellingham Has Been In Outstanding Form In Germany For Borussia Dortmund

With Kalvin Phillips due to undergo shoulder surgery and Jordan Henderson still recovering from a hamstring strain, Bellingham will be given the chance to impress in the Nations League tonight, alongside Declan Rice.

 

The 19-year-old has been in outstanding form in Germany and has started all 10 games for Borussia Dortmund this season in the Bundesliga, Champions League, and German Cup.

 

The Liverpool midfielder Henderson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring strain, and while he won’t play against Italy, Southgate is hopeful he will be fit enough to feature against Germany at Wembley on Monday.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is not in the matchday squad along with Ben Chilwell, Marc Guehi, the suspended John Stones, and Henderson.

 

The Way Forward For England In The Nations League State Of Play

During the draws, A3 was drawn, and Hungary quickly appeared to be the favourites to finish bottom of this highly-competitive group, but Marco Rossi’s side has collected seven points from their first four games and currently sits top of the table.

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Hungary’s most recent fixture saw them pull off a shock 4-0 win over England at Wembley in June. Their game against Germany in Leipzig on Friday will be crucial, with the winners knowing another victory on the final matchday on Monday will guarantee them a spot in the finals.

 

Italy is just two points behind Hungary and faces them in Budapest next week, meaning the European champions are very much still in contention in Group A3.

The only team that cannot reach the finals is England, who are winless and face a tough task to avoid the ignominy of relegation to League B for the first time.

 

Defeat to Italy on Friday will confirm relegation for Gareth Southgate’s team, who realistically must win in Milan and at home to Germany on Monday if they want to stay up.

 

England’s World Cup Group B fixtures

November 21: Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan) – kick-off 1 pm

November 25: USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor) – kick-off 7 pm

November 29: Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan) – kick-off 7 pm.

 

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