England Prepares for Friendly Clash with Australia: Southgate’s Experimental XI


England is gearing up for a friendly clash with Australia at Wembley, marking their first meeting with the Aussies since May 2016.

The upcoming friendly presents an opportunity for manager Gareth Southgate to experiment with his lineup ahead of a pivotal qualifier against Italy in the Euro 2024 campaign.

Return to Action:

England’s national team is back in action next Tuesday, facing a crucial qualifier against Italy with a potential Euro 2024 qualification at stake.

In preparation for these critical matches, Southgate is expected to field an experimental XI against Australia.

Training and Squad Availability:

Prior to the friendly, every player in Southgate’s 25-man squad underwent training at St. George’s Park. Following the training session, the squad made their way to Tottenham’s training ground in the evening to continue their preparations.

Return of Key Players:

The squad features the return of key players, including Jarrod Bowen from West Ham, who signed a new deal just days before the match.

Bowen’s inclusion is significant, as he is expected to make an appearance in the upcoming friendly.

Ollie Watkins’ Comeback:

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins, who last joined the national squad in March 2022 and scored his second England goal in a friendly win over Ivory Coast, is also back in the squad. His return adds depth to the England forward line.

Injury Concerns:

However, not all players have been fortunate in terms of fitness. Eberechi Eze and Callum Wilson were not called up due to injury problems.

Additionally, Bukayo Saka, who initially reported to England duty, had to return to Arsenal’s training ground for treatment on his hamstring injury.

Predicted England XI:

The expected lineup for the friendly clash with Australia features a combination of experienced and emerging talents.

The predicted XI includes Johnstone, Trippier, Guehi, Dunk, Colwill, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Bowen, Watkins, and Grealish.

Injury Updates:

Several players are dealing with injuries, including Saka, Wilson, Eze, Chilwell, Shaw, Mings, and James. Their absence from the squad poses challenges for Southgate as he finalizes his lineup.

Match Details:

The England vs. Australia friendly is scheduled for 7:45 PM BST on Friday, October 13, 2023, and will take place at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

This match serves as a crucial part of England’s preparations for the upcoming Italy qualifier, making it an important fixture on their road to Euro 2024.

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