England will have to fight to ensure their survival in Nations League A in their last two matches before the 2022 World Cup.
The Three Lions will face Italy and Germany during this international break, their last games before the showpiece tournament in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s priority will be to get back into shape ahead of the World Cup, having failed to win any of his previous four games.
England are bottom of Group A3 and cannot reach the Nations League final, even with wins in their last two matches.
But they can still be relegated and, out of personal pride, England will want to avoid dropping to League B.
However, what would that mean? talkSPORT.com has you covered…
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England relegated from the Nations League: what does it mean and what would happen?
England will be relegated if they lose to Italy on Friday, which would see the Three Lions fall to League B.
The obvious initial impact of this would be that the country will not be able to challenge for the Nations League title in 2024/25.
Only League A sides can compete for silverware, with England instead forced to focus on promotion in the next edition.
Southgate has spoken about the positive impact playing regularly with top teams can have on his team’s development.
Still, dropping down the Nations League would eliminate glamorous clashes with the likes of Italy and Germany and instead result in trips to Albania and Iceland.
Relegation would also hurt England’s coefficient, which could put them in bad shape for European Championship qualifying ahead of the October 9 draw.
This could therefore mean that the Three Lions will face a tougher qualifying group following Euro 2024 in Germany.
Italy v England: talkSPORT coverage
This Nations League Group A3 match will take place on Friday 23 September.
It takes place at the San Siro in Milan and will start at 7.45pm UK time.
talkSPORT coverage will begin at 7pm with Adrian Durham while commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
talkSPORT.com will also host a live blog for all the action.
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