Pep Guardiola is set to see four of his Manchester City first-team squad members feature for England on Tuesday night against Italy in competitive international action.
The clash between the 2020 European Championship finalists is the final game the pair will have to embark on before their players return to their respective clubs ahead of the weekend’s duties.
Manchester City will be hoping that all of their international call-ups return to the City Football Academy later this week without any further problems, as Pep Guardiola looks to guide his squad back to winning ways in domestic competition.
City are currently on a run of three successive defeats following disappointing outings at Newcastle in the Carabao Cup third round, Wolves at Molineux, and Arsenal at the Emirates – with the latter pair of defeats coming in the Premier League.
With Pep Guardiola now focussing one eye on his preparations for the weekend, the City boss will have to contend with a number of his first-team players competing in action on Tuesday night, following reports around England’s game against Italy.
As per MailSport on Tuesday morning, Manchester City are expected to have four of their first-team stars named in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up at Wembley Stadium later on this evening.
Despite his ongoing problems in battling his way into Pep Guardiola’s starting line-ups at the Etihad Stadium, Kalvin Phillips is expected to be part of the opening 11 players taking on Italy in the capital.
John Stones is also in line for an England start, despite Southgate indicating during his pre-match press conference that the national team set-up are liaising with Manchester City on how best to manage his recovery towards full match fitness following injuries this season.
Elsewhere and Kyle Walker is set to start as England’s right-back, while Phil Foden should receive the nod from his international head coach in a crunch showdown under the Wembley arch, with Jack Grealish dropping down to the bench despite his assist against Australia.
England’s game against Italy is one of three remaining international fixtures involving Manchester City players during the October international break, with South American nations in action on the same evening.
For Brazil, City’s number one choice in between the sticks, Ederson, is expected to retain his starting berth in goal against Uruguay.
Elsewhere, and Argentina are also expected to see Julian Alvarez play some part in their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualification fixture against Peru on the same night.
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