Italy-England: Gabbiadini and Pobega tipped to start

The extent of the injury crisis at Italy is made clear by Manolo Gabbiadini potentially starting against England in the Nations League tomorrow, while Milan midfielder Tommaso Pobega could get his first start.

It kicks off on Friday at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as San Siro, at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

This is a potentially decisive game for the Nations League group, as currently Hungary are on top with seven points, Germany have six, Italy five and England only two.

The side that finishes bottom of the group will be relegated to the Nations League B.

Roberto Mancini has already lost several players, including Sandro Tonali, Marco Verratti, Matteo Politano, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Lorenzo Insigne.

Sampdoria veteran Gabbiadini was called in as an emergency and Sky Sport Italia report he could even start in the 4-3-3 formation tomorrow with Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and Napoli’s Giacomo Raspadori.

Although the 3-5-2 was also tested over the last few days, Mancini should stick to the 4-3-3 and focused on that in today’s session before the team took the train to Milan.

Pobega has just one senior Italy cap, playing for 10 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Germany in June, so this could be the Milan midfielder’s first start.

Italy (probable): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Pobega; Gabbiadini, Immobile, Raspadori

4 Comments on “Italy-England: Gabbiadini and Pobega tipped to start”

  1. This game means nothing. Give some players experience who need it. That’s why Zaniolo should have been called among others.

  2. I cannot believe we are still talking about Immobile, this team has no direction or hope. Absolute garbage

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