Southgate hails Hart influence as Butland gets chance


Wilshere missed Friday's 1-0 win over Netherlands in Amsterdam due to a tendon problem in his knee and the issue has not cleared up in time for him to face Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.

Southgate was impressed with Jordan Pickford's contribution in the Netherlands but will grant Jack Butland 90 minutes against Italy, with Ashley Young expected to come in at left wing-back and Eric Dier drafted in to midfield. A game away from home, so that was good for him.

"The balance of the squad we have got to get right".

The Everton man was in solid form for his national team on Friday night, continuing the good displays that he has been showing for the Blues all season.

"We know what we can do, I believe what we can do, it's just having that support and that know, feel loved. That breeds good performance".

Pickford has let in 50 for Everton this season, keeping seven clean sheets in 31 Premier League games, yet both he and Butland appear to be edging ahead of Hart, out of favour at West Ham United, in the race to get the goalie jersey in Russian Federation.

Lewis Cook, James Tarkowski and Alfie Mawson will certainly have benefited from Hart's know-how as they look to win their first caps on Tuesday, when Southgate hopes his players can continue to learn "the nuts and bolts" of playing with a three-man defence.

Southgate also did not rule Hart out of starting against Tunisia in England's first match in the World Cup on June 19 (Singapore time), reported Reuters. Joe's professionalism has been brilliant with us, he's always performed well for us. This week, even though he knew he wouldn't be playing in the games, he's been a fantastic influence with the rest of the players and the rest of the goalkeepers especially.

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Belotti not interested in warming bench at "big club" Italy and Torino forward Andrea Belotti will only move to a bigger club if he can be sure he plays regularly.

Just 90 minutes of worldwide football remains before Southgate his World Cup squad, with one of the summer's most high-profile absentees proving the final test tomorrow evening at Wembley.

"I've done that at my club, I wasn't scoring a lot of goals there, but turned it around and started scoring".

The 24-year-old attracted attention from around Europe after he scored 26 goals for Torino in Serie A last season and also became a regular for Italy.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, so while this is a warm-up game for the Three Lions, it's less important for their opponents.

"Every player wants to play week-in, week-out, but I've had games here and there". "Personally, after the two injuries, I'm well, both physically and mentally".

England face Italy at a sell-out Wembley on Tuesday in their final match before Southgate names his squad for Russian Federation and the England boss had nothing but praise for the way they defend ahead of the game.