Who do England play in the Nations League? Fixtures, start times and how to watch on TV

    Harry Kane applauds fans after match
    England are set to conclude their Nations League campaign (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

    England are back in Nations League action next week, with the Three Lions fighting for survival in their group after a disastrous campaign.

    England suffered their worst home defeat since 1928 when they capitulated in a 4-0 loss to Hungary back in June.

    Gareth Southgate’s team also lost to the Hungarians in Budapest, and put in underwhelming performances in draws against Germany and Italy.

    Now, just two matches remain in the Nations League for England to turn around their fortunes.

    The Nations League fixtures will be the last games England play before the World Cup starts in November.

    And so Southgate will surely use the matches to fine-tune his tactics and starting XI ahead of the Qatar tournament.

    The international break should also help the manager decide on the final squad of 26 players he will take on the plane with him to the Middle East.

    Here is everything you need to know.

    What are England’s Nations League fixtures?

    England will travel to Milan to face Italy at San Siro, in a repeat of the Euro 2020 final from last year.

    Gareth Southgate on the touchline during an England match
    Gareth Southgate has seen England struggle during the Nations League (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

    England drew 0-0 with the Azzurri in Wolverhampton back in June.

    England will then conclude their Nations League campaign with a Wembley date against arch-rivals Germany.

    Harry Kane scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot in the away fixture in June, with the match finishing 1-1 in Munich.

    England’s Nations League fixtures

    Italy vs England (Friday, September 23, 7.45pm)

    England vs Germany (Monday, September 26, 7.45pm)

    How to watch on TV

    Both matches will be shown live on Channel 4 from 7pm.

    You can also stream the games on the Channel 4 website.

    Can England still qualify for the nations league finals?

    England can technically still qualify for next year’s Nations League finals, with the four group winners of League A progressing to the semi-finals in June 2023.

    However, that is looking very unlikely given the Three Lions are currently five point behind leaders Hungary with just two games to go.

    Realistically, England are fighting to avoid relegation to League B, with Southgate’s men currently in last place in the Group on two points.

    They sit three points behind Italy in third place, with teams finishing bottom of their group relegated to the League below for the following edition.

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