5 talking points ahead of England’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy in Naples

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England begin their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a tough trip to holders Italy on Thursday.

Having lost the final to Roberto Mancini’s side almost two years ago, England will be hoping to exact revenge as well as start their latest shot at glory with victory.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the talking points ahead of the Group C meeting in Naples.

The next Southgate cycle

UEFA Euro 2024 England Squad Announcement – St. George’s Park
Gareth Southgate remains in charge of England (Martin Rickett/PA)

Italy targeting victory for Vialli

Gianluca Vialli file photo
Gianluca Vialli died earlier this year (Mike Egerton/PA)

Kane able to break another record

England v France – FIFA World Cup 2022 – Quarter Final – Al Bayt Stadium
Harry Kane equalled Wayne Rooney’s record against France (Martin Rickett/PA)

Shaw can’t Chil out as England’s left-back

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw was the only recognised left-back in England’s World Cup squad in Qatar. He has shone for his country in recent years, including opening the scoring in the Euro 2020 final loss, with Southgate’s only other options coming from elsewhere on the pitch as square pegs. Now, though, he has legitimate competition in the shape of fit-again Ben Chilwell. The Chelsea defender missed the World Cup through injury but is now in fine form for his club, giving Southgate yet another positive selection headache.

Concerns over supporter safety

Italy v England – UEFA Euro 2020 Final – Wembley Stadium
Italy beat England in the final of Euro 2020 (Nick Potts/PA)

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