Italy v England: Buffon, Eder start for Azzurri; Kane for England


Italy coach Antonio Conte brings back Gianluigi Buffon and confirms Eder, but midfielder Marco Verratti will start from the bench against England.

The former Juventus head has given a very direct answer to being asked about Italy’s formation ahead of Tuesday’s friendly in Turin against the Three Lions.

“Buffon will defend the goal, and the central defenders will be [Andrea] Ranocchia, [Giorgio] Chiellini and [Leonardo] Bonucci, with [Alessandro] Florenzi and [Matteo] Darmian on the flanks,” he said.

“The three midfielders will be [Marco] Parolo, [Mirko] Valdifiori, and [Roberto] Soriano,” continued Conte, with Verratti – who was handed Italy’s number 10 shirt today – a notable omission.

“Our strikers are going to be Eder and [Graziano] Pellé.” Conte was also asked how he felt about returning to Turin, and whether he expected more people to support him or to root against him.

“Returning to the Juventus Stadium will be a strong emotion for me. I made some indelible memories in this stadium. “We’ll have many on our side. There will be unity of intent whichever way you look at it.”

England start Kane
Tottenham striker Harry Kane will make his full England debut against Italy in Turin on Tuesday night, Roy Hodgson announced.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions for Spurs this season, came off the bench in England’s 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Lithuania on Friday.

He scored his first goal for the Three Lions after just 79 seconds and will now start against the Azzurri.

England boss Hodgson told a press conference: “Harry Kane will make his full debut, playing from the start and Wayne Rooney will captain the team.”

Kane replaced Rooney in the second half of England’s win over Lithuania, scoring with a header from Raheem Sterling’s cross, and Hodgson is relishing the prospect of the strikers working together at the Juventus Stadium.


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