Roberto Mancini led Italy to Euro 2020 glory however failed to get them into the 2022 World Cup
Italy beat Gareth Southgate’s England in the Euro 2020 remaining at Wembley last summer season – however have since failed to qualify for this winter’s World Cup.
England certified for Qatar however have but to win in 4 Nations League games and might be relegated.
“The English team is a great team,” Mancini said.
“It was a great team in Euro 2020 and it was a great team before.”
England will drop down to League B, the second tier, in the event that they lose in Milan – or at house to Germany on Monday.
“I think England is one of the best teams in the world. It’s full of talent, especially the forwards,” said former Manchester City boss Mancini, whose aspect are three factors above England.
“They have many players apart from Harry Kane, who is an extraordinary player, but the young players around him can make a difference. So it will be a very hard match for us.”
Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci said England’s go to to Milan will help present the place his squad are of their “rebirth”.
“After failing to qualify for the World Cup the coach has changed many players, so on Friday we will understand where we really are, where we need to improve and if there is something to improve.
“It’s going to be a very important match because it will tell us where we are in this rebirth, let’s say.