Italy vs England: Nations League – reside | League of Nations

The referee blows up on 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. That wasn’t much of a spectacle. Channel 4 aren’t getting much bang for their buck from this England deal, are they.

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Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Toloi, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Raspadori, Scamacca, Barella.
Subs: Meret, Vicario, Luiz Felipe, Pobega, Frattesi, Gnonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.


England: Pope, James, Dier, Maguire, Walker, Bellingham, Rice, Sterling, Foden, Saka, Kane.
Subs: Ramsdale, D Henderson, Trippier, Shaw, Grealish, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.


Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain).

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The last time England played, this happened …

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… so, well, y’know. In fact, England are on a skid of four matches without a win, having made an awful mess of Nations League Group A3 so far. Home and away losses against Hungary, a fortunate draw in Germany, and some goalless tedium in Wolverhampton against Italy have rooted Gareth Southgate’s side to the bottom of the table. If they lose at San Siro tonight, they’ll be cashiered from the top tier with extreme prejudice. In other words, it’s gameface time. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!

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Half-time mailbag. “Pricey Christ, that is horrible, is not it? Two World Cup matches? Oh shit.” Ben Watson there, with an e-mail that reads even bleaker for those who come at it from an Italian perspective.

In the meantime, as a substitute of significant motion on the San Siro, Currie Tullinius stories: “The primary half between Finland and Romania was decently entertaining. The latter might be the higher group, however Teemu Pucci is a ahead who can reliably shoot the ball arduous and hit the goal, so the Eagle-Owls lead 1-0, regardless of Romania having increasingly probabilities. Benefit from the second half! ” We are going to attempt.

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Half time: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai scored the one objective to this point on 17 minutes. As issues stand, Hungary will win Group A3 and advance to the finals.

Half time: Italy 0-0 England

The referee blows at 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You possibly can’t blame him. It wasn’t a lot of a present. Channel 4 will not get some huge cash from this England deal, will it?

43 minutes: One other Foden free kick from the left. Higher this in the direction of Rice in the precise nook of the six yard field. Bonucci is pressured to eyeball out for a nook, however won’t ever take it as a result of the whistle goes to blow. Rice did not actually do a lot mistaken there, and is understandably pissed off.

42 minutes: Kane is given an absurd quantity of room to run. He steps into the center, thinks about passing, thinks once more, then blusters over the bar from 30 yards. Donnarumma calmly watches the ball roll away.

40 minutes: Italy push England again. Acerbi threatens down the inside-left channel, however then Foden drifts in the best way and wins a free-kick. The stress on England is launched.

38 minutes: Scamacca drops an extended ball for Cristante, who lotions a first-time shot in the direction of objective. It’s deflected from hazard by the again of his personal man, Scamaca.

37 minutes: Bellingham meets the nook on the sting of the field, however can solely ship a weak bouncer to Donnarumma. England has abruptly stepped it up.

36 minutes: Bellingham works down the precise and offers England a nook. James takes it. One other bagatelle. DiMarco is pressured to hack out to a different nook on the identical facet. Take James once more.

35 minutes: Free kick for England from the left touchline. Foden’s free-kick was half-cleared. James, strolling down the inside-right facet, has a speculative shot. The ball crosses the Italian field and goes out for what ought to have been a nook… however the referee awards a objective as a substitute.

33 minutes: Mancini hugs the touchline and offers DiMarco some beautiful recommendation. He isn’t in any respect pleased together with his group.

31 minutes: England benefit from the lion’s share of possession (three) – 57 per cent to this point – however Italy look extra more likely to rating. Not that the keeper has an excessive amount of significant work to do.

Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Photos

half-hour: DiMarco has one other run down the left and James wins a nook. He takes the identical, and the supply is horrible, straightforward meat for the Pope.

29 minutes: It is Bellingham vs. Raspadori once more. This time the England midfielder brings his man down 30 yards on objective. Italy resolve to not take the penalty straight into the field, as a substitute giving the ball to DiMarco, who crosses lengthy. Barella stops the ball by crossing the byline to the precise of the objective, however there is no such thing as a one in blue to benefit from his pull.

27 minutes: Barella finds himself in a number of area on the precise. He seems to be up for Raspadori in area on the penalty spot and rolls infield. Raspadori takes a poor contact and misses the prospect to shoot. Bellingham intercepts and takes out. For a second, England was in bother there.

25 minutes: Sterling cuts into the field down the left, however has no well past Di Lorenzo and Jorginho. Because the door closes, Sterling punches Di Lorenzo in frustration.

23 minutes: Hungary has taken the lead in Germany. Adam Szalai scored. As issues stand, Hungary will win Group A3.

Adam Szalai puts Hungary ahead against Germany.
Adam Szalai places Hungary forward towards Germany. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Photos

21 minutes: A easy cross goes straight out for Cristante to throw. Mancini jumps up and down. The explanation for that response is a bit apparent.

19 minutes: Now it is all a bit complicated. Bonucci comes up behind Kane. On the touchline, Southgate applauds. No concept why.

17 minutes: Nothing comes out of the nook.

16 minutes: Raspadori flicks the ball huge on the precise in the direction of Baralla, who’s in the reduction of by Saka and does not want a lot persuasion to get down. A free kick in the direction of the facet of the England field. DiMarco and Raspadori change fakes, operating in absurd circles, then DiMarco lastly lowers to the mixer. Poorly executed and absurd. The ball is deflected for a nook by Italy.

14 minutes: After that shaky begin, England have flattened out. They ping the ball with a number of whistles from the house followers. Kane cuts in from the precise and tries to make issues occur in a crowded field. Italy swarmed and closed the door. Kane tries the left once more. No luck there both. However that is higher from friends.

12 minutes: England are in possession on the rebound, Sterling floats one down the left. Maguire, rising after the free-kick, curls a high quality header throughout the face of objective. Donnarumma takes the catch with out fuss.

11 minutes: Foden’s bowling was not good, failing to beat first man.

10 minutes: Jorginho crosses from the precise. Very near the pope who claims with out fuss. England go up the opposite finish by means of Sterling, who’s fouled as he comes down the left. free kick. Everybody strains up on the sting of the Italian field.

8 minutes: The San Siro is not full, so the environment is not as excessive regardless of Italy dominating possession.

Jorgino on the ball
Photograph: Alberto Lingrea / Reuters

6 minutes: Everywhere in the store in England. Scamacca turns and makes an enormous hole in the course of the pitch. He has choices on both facet, however decides to shoot early, and sends one inches huge of the left publish. If the Pope had reached the objective, it’s not sure that the Pope would have reached it.

5 minutes: Italy has began very brightly. DeMarco whips in with a left. Scamacca rises above Maguire on the far publish and sends a header into the highest proper. Pope desperately clears it underneath the crossbar, and Maguire offers away a nook. England take care of it very simply.

4 minutes: England are virtually misplaced with a easy ball down the center. Maguire up, and Raspadori explains the matches. Raspadori takes a direct hit on the Pope. Then the flag goes up for offside. Maguire appears to have labored the entice properly.

3 minutes: Barella finds some area on the precise and appears to launch DiMarco on the opposite facet with a diagonal cross. The ball flies harmlessly out of play.

1 minute: Cristante leaves just a little one thing for Foden who feels it. A daring opening gambit for a participant is reserved by suspension.

Ball rolling for England. Tonight referee Harry Maguire and Reece James have been despatched off the final time they took cost of an England recreation (towards Denmark at Wembley 2020).

Earlier than the match, a second of silence was held in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II and victims of the latest floods in Italy. Respectfully noticed.

Groups out! Italy put on their well-known azure and England sport their new World Cup equipment, white with blue epaulettes. The motion has only some nationwide anthems. (God Save the King nonetheless does not bounce the tongue, does it? Outdated habits, all that.)

Gareth Southgate talks to Channel 4: “We’re in search of a stage of efficiency, that is the important thing. It is an incredible platform to come back and play towards high opponents. Harry Maguire appears to be in a superb place together with his coaching, it isn’t like he is gone ten weeks with no recreation. We really feel like there is a good course of with Jude Bellingham dipping his toe within the European Championship, then beginning, then beginning some massive video games.

Bukayo Saka has a fast phrase with Channel 4. “Now we have are available very constructive. The longer term is extra necessary than the previous. We are able to not management the previous. These video games are crucial, the final two video games earlier than the World Cup, so we actually wish to win them each. That is our mentality.”

Think about being within the room once they agreed to storyboard for this.

Italy have three gamers to overlook subsequent week’s match in Hungary: Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.

England have 5 gamers who will miss the journey to Germany in the event that they see yellow this night: Kyle Walker, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse.

Each groups are popping out of hiding – England beat Hungary 4-0, Italy hammered 5-2 in Germany – so there are many variations. Gareth Southgate bought six, Eric Dier bought his first cap since November 2020, Harry Maguire returned regardless of not beginning any of Manchester United’s final 4 Premier League video games, Nick Pope and Declan Rice for the injured Jordan Pickford, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden. additionally begins. Roberto Mancini makes seven modifications, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho returning and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca changing the injured Ciro Motionless.


Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Toloi, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Raspadori, Scamacca, Barella.
Subs: Meret, Vicario, Luiz Felipe, Pobega, Frattesi, Gnonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.

England: Pope, James, Dier, Maguire, Walker, Bellingham, Rice, Sterling, Foden, Saka, Kane.
Subs: Ramsdale, Dee Henderson, Trippier, Shaw, Grealish, Cody, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.

Choose: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain).


This occurred the final time England performed…

… So, properly, you already know. Certainly, England have been in dire disarray in Nations League A3 to this point, going 4 video games with no win. Away defeats to Hungary, a fortunate win in Germany and Wolverhampton’s goalless drubbing towards Italy have left Gareth Southgate’s facet rooted to the underside of the desk. In the event that they lose tonight on the San Siro, they are going to be cashing in on an enormous drawback from the highest flight. In different phrases, it is gameface time. Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST. It really works!

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