England v Republic of Ireland: International friendly prediction and preview

England v Republic of Ireland: International friendly prediction and preview
England v Republic of Ireland: International friendly prediction and preview

The last international break was a mixed match for England: A rotating team beat Wales with a comfortable 3-0 win before the Three Lions in the Nations League – currently number 1 in the world – an impressive 2-1 comeback – Victory against Belgium scored team ranking.

However, England threw away all of their hard work against Belgium when they collapsed to a 1-0 home loss to Denmark and slipped to third in their group of nations.

With the newly scheduled European Championships on the horizon, there are still plenty of squad places to be vacated – and Southgate needs to see a little more discipline and consistency from this squad if they really want to challenge next year.

England v Ireland is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 8 p.m. GMT kick-off.

The international friendly will be played behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium.

TV channel: The game will be televised on ITV. The reporting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Live broadcast: ITV subscribers can watch the game online for free via the ITV player.

England team news and squad

Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to retire from the Southgate squad after suffering a calf injury in Liverpool’s draw in Manchester City on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford is also doubtful, although the Manchester United forward will join England before being examined for a shoulder injury.

Alexander-Arnold is out
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Given that the Premier League managers have no issues with injuries due to a tight schedule this season, Southgate is unlikely to show their full strength here – especially if the Iceland game on the 18th is in doubt. Expect a twisted line-up against Ireland and a strong XI against Belgium on the 15th.

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Man United), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defender: Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Man United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man City), Reece James (Chelsea), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wölfe), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Midfield player: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Man City)

Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Prediction: England 1-0 Ireland

Predictions in international friendly matches are always difficult as they usually end as competitions when a wave of substitutes comes after the hour. Southgate would likely privately welcome any win of any kind and leave Wembley with no major player injuries ahead of the game in Belgium.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Last meeting: Ireland 0-0 England (friendly, 7 June 2015)

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

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