England aren’t all the time the prettiest to watch however they understand how to win and confirmed that once more with a 2-1 victory over Switzerland on Saturday night.
The Three Lions, who took 26 factors out of 30 in World Cup qualifying, fell a objective down however Gareth Southgate’s experimental facet responded effectively with objectives from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane to recover from the road.
Now they’re going to hope to make it back-to-back pleasant wins by passing a distinct check and beating an Ivory Coast facet that misplaced 2-1 to France in Marseilles on the weekend.
When: Tuesday, March 29, 19:45 GMT
How to watch: Sky Sports
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Who is the ref for England vs Ivory Coast
Erik Lambrechts is in cost at Wembley.
The Belgian referee averages slightly below 4 bookings per sport and is not afraid to level to the spot. Good information for Kane possibly.
Season stats 2021/22: All video games (28), yellows (108), reds (6), penalties (9)
England had it simple of their ultimate 4 World Cup qualifiers, scoring 21 objectives against San Marino, Albania, Andorra and Hungary.
They got a a lot tougher check by Switzerland at Wembley and appeared to be heading into the break 1-0 down after Breel Embolo headed the guests in entrance after 22 minutes.
But Luke Shaw blasted in an equaliser in first-half stoppage time and Harry Kane moved joint-second on the all-time England scoring checklist alongside Sir Bobby Charlton after slotting residence a penalty with 12 minutes remaining.
It wasn’t classic stuff and Switzerland had extra pictures (12-9) however the consequence represented a ninth straight win in pleasant internationals for England.
While England as hosts had been huffing and puffing slightly, Ivory Coast had a pleasant of their very own, dropping 2-1 to World Cup holders France.
Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe put the Africans forward however, in a mirror of the England sport, the house facet fought again to win 2-1.
The French left it even later with Aurelien Tchouameni grabbing the winner in added time.
That was Ivory Coast’s first sport since their African Cup of Nations marketing campaign ended within the final 16 with a penalty shootout defeat to eventual runners-up Egypt.
In the group section, they’d overwhelmed Equatorial Guinea 1-0, drawn 2-2 with Sierra Leone and defeated Algeria 3-1.
England and Ivory Coast gamers in kind
Kane has an virtually absurd eight objectives in his final three internationals after following hat-tricks against Albania and San Marino with the winner against Switzerland.
Going additional again he is scored at the very least as soon as in six of his final eight begins for England.
That rush of objectives has taken him to 49 and inside 4 of Wayne Rooney’s Three Lions report of 53.
Conor Gallagher, who was making his full England debut, solely performed for an hour against the Swiss however gained rave critiques for principally reprising his glorious Crystal Palace kind.
Pepe could battle to get common begins at Arsenal however he is been in spectacular kind on the worldwide stage.
His opener against France was Pepe’s third objective in 4 video games for his nation and stretching additional again he is netted in 5 of his final 11 for Ivory Coast.
Ex-West Ham striker Sebastian Haller has three in eight for the Elephants whereas he is been on fireplace for Ajax this season, banging in 11 objectives within the Champions League and 20 within the Eredivisie.
The guests’ gifted frontline additionally boasts Wilfried Zaha and the Palace man has 4 in his final seven begins for the Eagles.
Somewhat surprisingly that is the primary ever assembly between the pair at worldwide stage.
England’s final sport against African opposition was a 2-1 pleasant win over Nigeria in June 2018.
That was a 2-1 win with, you’ve got guessed it, Kane getting what proved to be the decisive objective.
Gareth Southgate: “We’ll make adjustments. We suppose that is the appropriate factor to do.
“We need to preserve all the squad concerned. I believe that has been a power for us. Players who are available carry out effectively on the stage and the workforce march on.
“They want to really feel that we have got the boldness in them to go into any sport and we’re additionally at a stage of the season the place their load is heavy and we have got to be sure we attempt to navigate that in one of the simplest ways attainable.”
Predicted England vs Ivory Coast groups
Southgate is eager to shuffle the pack however may have to wait on health information concerning two of the gamers he desires to give begins to: defender John Stones and attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.
Stones pulled up within the warm-up against Switzerland having been named within the beginning XI.
Marc Guehi and Kyle Walker-Peters each made their debuts against Switzerland whereas Tyrick Mitchell additionally received his first minutes for England.
The beginning XI might embrace Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling after the quartet did not make the beginning line-up on Saturday.
Possible England line-up: Pickford, Walker-Peters, Coady, Maguire, Mitchell, Rice, Bellingham, Grealish, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Ivory Coast have loads of riches up entrance and Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet and Max Gradel might push for begins.
Possible Ivory Coast beginning line-up: Sangare, Aurier, Boly, Bailly, Konan, Akoukou, Seri, Kessie, Pepe, Zaha, Haller.
England vs Switzerland prediction
It’s one other first rate check for England and Ivory Coast had been so shut to holding France to a draw on Saturday.
On the world rankings, Ivory Coast are solely 51st, (37 locations decrease than Switzerland) so, on paper, it is a barely simpler check.
However, the guests have some spectacular forwards so anticipate each groups to discover the web however England to come out high.
Another 2-1 scoreline might effectively be on the playing cards.
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