Joyless preparatory results are the prescribed major competition preamble for Cesare Prandelli’s side.
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The British Isles teams are in action and 70/1-plus odds for all of them to win must be worth a couple of quid to patriotic punters.
Three of the Premier League’s finest holding midfielders will battle between now and season’s end for a spot in the Selecao squad.
‘Super Nick’ can remind everyone why he thinks he’s so good, but Wayne Rooney will beat him to the punch.
The Wembley friendly against Denmark is the perfect opportunity to blood Luke Shaw alongside his more experienced clubmates.