Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier will start for England against Italy at Wembley, while Danny Rose and Dele Alli are among the substitutes.

Dier was on the bench for the Three Lions’ 1-0 win against the Netherlands in Amsterdam last week, but he has been promoted to the starting line-up tonight.

Alli was also a substitute against Holland and was expected to start at Wembley, but Gareth Southgate has kept the 21-year-old out of the eleven.

Trippier retains his place in the line-up, but Rose is replaced by Ashley Young at left-back.

It looks like Dier will play in a holding midfield role in front of a back three of Kyle Walker, John Stones and James Tarkowski.

It is unclear why Alli has started neither match during the international break.

Either Southgate generally prefers Jesse Lingard in the central attacking midfield role, or he already knows what Alli can do and doesn’t feel the need to trial him before the World Cup.

Regardless, Alli getting a rest is arguably good news for Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s crucial Premier League trip to Chelsea.



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