England vs Republic of Ireland prediction: How will international friendly play out?

England will face the Republic of Ireland on Thursday in an international friendly at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s team will then turn their focus back to the UEFA Nations League for their return fixture with Belgium in midweek, while also facing Iceland thereafter.

Jack Grealish is one of those hoping for involvement, up against the likes of Phil Foden and Mason Mount for game time.

For Ireland, this friendly comes before Nations League games against Wales and Bulgaria.

Read more: International football matches this week – all Uefa Nations League, Euro 2020 qualifier and friendly fixtures

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at 8pm on Thursday 12 November.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be televised on ITV, with pre-match coverage starting at 7.30pm. You can watch the match in full and live via the ITV Hub app on your computer, mobile or tablet.

What is the team news?

Southgate will be without right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who suffered a calf injury in Liverpool’s draw at Manchester City, while club team-mate Joe Gomez has also suffered an injury in training.

Several fringe names are expected to be given the chance to impress, with Nick Pope possibly starting in goal over Jordan Pickford.

Tyrone Mings, Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish will also be hoping to make it to the starting line-up.

For Ireland, Kenny will be looking to reorganise his squad in order to avoid being relegated from their Nations League group, although David McGoldrick will not be playing after announcing his retirement from international duty.

Just as England have, Ireland will be looking to avoid any injury concerns before the Nations League fixtures, with young players Adam Idah and Dara O’Shea potentially being included in the starting lineup.

Predicted line ups

England: Pope, Maguire, Coady, Mings, James, Winks, Rice, Saka, Grealish, Foden, Calvert-Lewin.

Republic of Ireland: Randolph, Christie, O’Shea, Egan, Long, Molumby, McCarthy, Browne, Horgan, Idah, Brady.


England – 1/3

Draw – 13/4

Ireland – 17/2


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