I was impressed with England's performance in Amsterdam on Friday and the Three Lions have another chance to show their progress under Gareth Southgate as they take on Italy at Wembley. The pick of the rest of the action comes in Berlin where World Cup holders Germany host Brazil - it will be the first time the two nations have met since the infamous semi-final meeting at the last World Cup - when Brazil ended up 7-1 winners.  

Russia v France 

Russia were no match for Brazil - who scored three second half goals - in Moscow on Friday and I think France can also beat the World Cup hosts in St Petersburg on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps will not have been best pleased to see his side lose a two-goal lead to Colombia in Paris when the South Americans secured a famous 3-2 win.   Paul Pogba was a second half substitute for Les Bleus in the French capital and it will be interesting to see if the United midfielder starts against the Russians. I expect to see the French bounce back to winning ways given they have some exciting attacking options in their talented squad with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe likely to start for the visitors. Tip: France to lead halftime/fulltime at  

Hungary v Scotland

Scotland were booed off at Hampden Park after their 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Friday although new boss Alex McLeish will have taken some positives from the game, especially the performance of Liverpool full back Andrew Robertson. International Friendlies Hungary were themselves beaten at home by Kazakhstan 3-2 on Friday, but did beat Costa Rica at home back in November. I do not expect to see many goals in Budapest and fear the hosts might edge it. Tip: Hungary to win at  

Germany v Brazil

A strong German side were held to a draw by Spain in Dusseldorf on Friday and I feel the world champions might have to settle for another draw on home soil against a Brazil side who did not have to be at their best to beat Russia over the weekend. This friendly between, arguably, the world’s two footballing superpowers and World Cup favourites promises to be an entertaining clash given the number of quality of attacking players in opposition and one which I think might finish with honours even. Tip: Game to finish in a draw at  

England v Italy 

It surprised me to hear Italy had not played at Wembley for over 20 years when Gianfranco Zola scored the only goal of the game in February 1997 - a qualifier for the 1998 World Cup Finals. https://twitter.com/England/status/978177891191214080 Gareth Southgate’s side have kept a clean sheet in their last five internationals and I thought the Three Lions were always comfortable against a disappointing Netherlands side in Amsterdam on Friday. Southgate will have been delighted with the performance of Kyle Walker as his right-side central defender and his versatility will be a great asset in Russia. Italy were put in their place by Argentina at the Etihad on Friday and I expect England to be too good for the Azzurri who have failed to make the World Cup finals in Russia this summer. Tip: England to win at   My midweek treble: France, Hungary and England at
Odds are correct at the time of posting

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