There is unlikely to be any diversion from the tried and trusted when England return to Wembley to face Italy in qualifying for Euro 2024 on Tuesday. If Gareth Southgate was hoping to come away from this win over Australia with selection dilemmas, a disjointed display will surely only have left him even more certain about who will be in his starting XI in Germany next summer.
Not that there were no positives for Southgate to draw from a night including a clean sheet for Sam Johnstone, Ollie Watkins taking his chance up front and Lewis Dunk making a vital goal-line clearance when it was 0-0 and Australia were on top.
Written by Jacob Steinberg at Wembley
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