Fans of European football can watch live online as England travels to Turin to face Italy Tuesday in an international friendly that will see the Three Lions seeking revenge for a 2-1 defeat to the Italians in last year’s World Cup in Manaus, Brazil.
Information and a link to watch the England vs. Italy match live online can be found below.
Both sides will be coming off group stage qualifiers for the 2016 UEFA European Championships, to be held in France next year.
England maintained a 100 percent record in Group E, winning their fifth straight by blowing out overmatched Lithuania 4-0 on Friday at Wembley Stadium in London.
The highlight of the otherwise routine victory was a goal just over a minute into his England debut by 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. With his 29 goals for Spurs so far in the 2014/15 season, Kane literally shot his way into the England side. But manager Roy Hodgson was in no rush to get the young star his first taste of top-level international competition.
Hodgson held Kane on the bench until just over 70 minutes had gone by and goals from Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, and Raheem Sterling had squelched any vain hopes of an upset Lithuania might have held.
But just 79 seconds after setting foot on the Wembley pitch, Kane took a cross from Welbeck and put a header into the net.
While the England boss has not yet announced how he plans to use Kane against Italy, he may have no choice but to give the upstart London native more playing time, because three more players — Welbeck, James Milner, and Leighton Baines — have all returned to their Barclays Premier League clubs nursing injuries. Liverpool’s own 20-year-old, Raheem Sterling, also pulled out of the Italy friendly.
That leaves England with just 17 outfield players available for selection by Hodgson.
Italy, on the other hand, fought to a 2-2 draw Saturday against Bulgaria in the Eastern European nation’s capital city of Sofia. But Italy is facing other distractions as well, with Manager Antonio Conte, who has held the job for a mere eight months, already questioning whether he wants to keep the job.
Conte has reportedly been the target of death threats from fans of his former Serie A side Juventus, after Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio was injured in training with Italy.
Fans blamed Conte for the injury, outraged that he supposedly demanded too much from the Juventus star.
Kickoff for the England vs. Italy international friendly is scheduled for 2:40 p.m. United States Eastern Time on March 31, with the match carried live online by ESPN3 at this link, or on mobile devices by downloading the WatchESPN app.
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