England vs Republic of Ireland predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of international friendly


England will be warming up for their pivotal Uefa Nations League clash with Belgium as they welcome the Republic of Ireland to Wembley on Thursday for an international friendly.

Gareth Southgate’s side have been hit-and-miss in recent fixtures, with their most impressive display of late the friendly win over Wales.

That may encourage the manager to move to another experimental line-up, with Phil Foden one of those hoping for another opportunity to impress.

Ireland are without a win in their past six games stretching back to November 2019 and they have failed to score a single goal in the last four.

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at 8pm on Thursday 12 November.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be televised on ITV, with pre-match coverage starting at 7.30pm. You can watch the match in full and live via the ITV Hub app on your computer, mobile or tablet.

What is the team news?

Southgate will be without right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who suffered a calf injury in Liverpool’s draw at Manchester City, while club team-mate Joe Gomez has also suffered an injury in training.

Several fringe names are expected to be given the chance to impress, with Nick Pope possibly starting in goal over Jordan Pickford.

Tyrone Mings, Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish will also be hoping to make it to the starting line-up.

For Ireland, Kenny will be looking to reorganise his squad in order to avoid being relegated from their Nations League group, although David McGoldrick will not be playing after announcing his retirement from international duty.

Just as England have, Ireland will be looking to avoid any injury concerns before the Nations League fixtures, with young players Adam Idah and Dara O’Shea potentially being included in the starting lineup.

Predicted line ups

England: Pope, Maguire, Coady, Mings, James, Winks, Rice, Saka, Grealish, Foden, Calvert-Lewin.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Christie, O’Shea, Egan, Long, Molumby, McCarthy, Browne, Horgan, Idah, Brady.

Odds

England – 1/3

Draw – 13/4

Ireland – 17/2

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