Southgate explains the thinking behind his selections: “This is a bigger than normal team and part of the rationale is that we are very close to a World Cup and we feel, although our results over the summer were disappointing, we picked on a basis of form and ability over a long period of time.
“There were certain players we wanted to keep involved this time around, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end for some of the others who aren’t involved. Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown some encouraging signs lately. a player we know well, so if he can perform at a high level in the coming weeks, he will of course be considered.”
Who is England playing against?
The national team will meet Italy in San Siro, followed by a home game against Germany at Wembley.
When are the matches?
Italy vs England is on Friday, September 23, starting at 7:45 PM. The game against Germany is on Monday, September 26, also at 7:45 PM.
How can I watch the matches on TV?
Channel 4 has the rights to all Nations League matches in England.