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England vs Australia match preview
Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Euro qualifier, England are faced with a friendly international that should provide an opportunity for rotation and experimentation.
The Three Lions began Euro qualifying with four wins out of four, most-notably claiming a 2-1 victory in Naples, before hammering North Macedonia 7-0 at Old Trafford.
However, this perfect record did come to an end last month, with England held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Ukraine at Stadion Wrocław, with Kyle Walker’s first-ever international goal pinching a point.
Nevertheless, they remain six points clear at the top of Group C, and will secure a spot at next summer’s European Championships with victory over Italy on Tuesday.
Last time out, the Three Lions were also in friendly action, beating Scotland 3-1 in the 150th anniversary match at Hampden, with Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane silencing the partisan, Glaswegian crowd.
This time, in a slightly-less pressure-cooker environment, will a heavily-rotate England side claim another win?
Visitors Australia have only ever claimed one victory over the Three Lions in seven attempts, this a 3-1 friendly victory at the old Boleyn Ground in 2003, so just how likely is a repeat of that scoreline?
Well, the Socceroos did reach the World Cup knockout stages for just the second time in their history last year, enjoying wins over Tunisia and Denmark, before being ousted by eventual champions Argentina.
Right now, Graham Arnold’s team are winless in three friendlies, most-recently holding Mexico to a credible 2-2 draw in Texas during the last international break, in which they actually threw away a 2-0 lead.
This month, Australia will also take on New Zealand in the Soccer Ashes (that’s defiantly a thing) at the Brentford Community Stadium on Tuesday, before the serious business resumes next month.
The Socceroos commence World Cup qualifying in November, before traveling to Qatar in January for the Asia Cup, amongst the favourites to win that trophy for the second time.
Here though, England are likely to be far too strong at Wembley.
England team news
Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Reece James, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka are all out injured, while Raheem Sterling still hasn’t been called up since the World Cup.
With no obvious left-back, Levi Colwill could make his senior international debut, having been deployed in that position at Chelsea this season, although Kieran Trippier could also fill-in there.
Marc Guéhi, Lewis Dunk and Fikayo Tomori are also in contention to see rare minutes at the back.
In goal, since starting at Hampden, Aaron Ramsdale has played only once for Arsenal, this in the Carabao Cup, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s rotated in for Jordan Pickford here once again.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is listed as a midfielder, indicating where he might be deployed, while Jordan Henderson continues to get called up, presumably due to his form at Al-Ettifaq, no other reason.
One man who is in on merit is Jude Bellingham, having already scored ten goals for Real Madrid this season, on top of the one he netted against Scotland.
In attack, Ollie Watkins, Jarrod Bowen and James Maddison all have seven caps or fewer, while Eddie Nketiah is still dreaming of his debut, having not got off the bench in either of September’s fixtures.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Trippier, Dunk, Guéhi, Colwill; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Bellingham; Bowen, Watkins, Maddison.
Australia team news
Graham Arnold is without Middlesbrough midfielder Riley McGree, who has pulled out injured.
Mat Ryan will win his 83rd cap in goal, only eight Socceroos players can boast more, while Harry Souttar of Leicester and Massimo Luongo, who’s at QPR, may be familiar faces to English football fans.
Martin Boyle of Hibs could be their main goal threat, after he bagged his sixth international goal against Mexico last month.
His club-mate Lewis Miller as well as Alessandro Circati of Parma are both hoping to make their debuts during this break.
Predicted XI: (4-5-1): Ryan; Degenek, Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Irvine, Baccus, Luongo, Boyle, Mabil; Duke.