Italy 1-0 England: Gareth Southgate’s side are relegated after Nations League defeat


England have gone five games without a win for the first time since 2014

England suffered the embarrassment of relegation from the Uefa Nations League group after defeat by Italy in Milan.

Giacomo Raspadori’s stunning 68th-minute goal broke the deadlock at the San Siro as the lackluster game finally sprung into life after the break as England’s winless streak extended to five games, the worst since June 2014.

Raspadori took immediate control and produced a fierce right-footed finish that left goalkeeper Nick Pope with no chance for the injured Jordan Pickford.

Manager Gareth Southgate kept faith with Harry Maguire despite his struggles at Manchester United, with the defender suffering an early setback when West Ham United striker Gianluca Scammaca was beaten in the air at the far post by Pope and the woodwork. he pulled out his head.

England eventually responded, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma making a double save on Harry Kane, although the home side had chances of their own in a frantic finale.

England lack inspiration again

Southgate was keen to get back on track with their winless run having troubled them in the UEFA Nations League group, but there was little excitement here as their recent goalless display left them 495 minutes without a goal in open play.

Kane threatened Donnarumma as England tried to react, but there were hardly any other clear-cut options, despite Phil Foden’s promptings, except for a Jude Bellingham header which he sent over the bar.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was named England’s player of the year before the game, and his award had little effect on the unknown left-back before he was, perhaps understandably, replaced.

It was hard not to feel sympathy for the young man asked to fill such an unfamiliar role at this level.

Maguire had few serious alarms, but England deserved nothing from the game and must lift themselves against Germany at Wembley on Monday with their Uefa Nations League fate already decided.

And Southgate must surely involve Brentford’s Ivan Toney, surprisingly left out of the matchday squad here. Anything else would make his call nonsense.

It was another disappointing night for England, who did nothing to lift their spirits after their recent poor run.

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  1. Group number14Player nameShaw
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The eleven

Italy

training 3-5-2

  • 1G Donnarumma
  • 4stupid
  • 19BonucciBooked in 48 minutes
  • 15Immature
  • 2by LorenzoBooked in 80 minutes
  • 18Extenderreplaced byHe runs awayin 63′minutes
  • 8jorginhoreplaced byEmersonin 89′minutes
  • 16Cristante
  • 3Dimarcoreplaced byto Frattesin 89′minutes
  • 9Fraudreplaced byGnontoin 63′minutes
  • 10to the raspreplaced byGabbiadiniin 81′minutes

replacements

  • 5Ramos Brands
  • 6He runs away
  • 7to Frattes
  • 11Gnonto
  • 12Mere
  • 13Emerson
  • 14Server
  • 17the faucet
  • 20Gabbiadini
  • 21Vicar
  • 22Esposito
  • 23Sticks

England

training 3-4-3

  • 1Holy Father
  • 2the walkerreplaced byShawin 72′minutes
  • 5Dier
  • 6Maguire
  • 3James
  • 8Bellingham
  • 4Rice
  • 7Ofreplaced byGrealishin 72′minutesBooked in 90 minutes
  • 11the foot
  • 9Kane
  • 10sterling

replacements

  • 12Trippier
  • 13Ramsdale
  • 14Shaw
  • 15Grealish
  • 16Coady
  • 17Ward-Prowse
  • 18to Tom
  • 19the mountain
  • 20Bowen
  • 21Alexander-Arnold
  • 22Henderson
  • 23Abraham

Judge:
Jesus Gil Manzano

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