Italy v England: Nations League – live | Nations League

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.

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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.

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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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Key occasions

12 minutes: England recycle possession, Sterling floating one in from the left. Maguire, who had stayed up after the free kick, loops a mild header on track. Donnarumma catches with out fuss.

11 min: Foden’s supply is not any good, failing to beat the primary man.

10 minutes: Jorginho crosses from the appropriate. Too near Pope, who claims with out fuss. England go up the opposite finish by Sterling, who’s fouled as he makes his approach down the left. Free kick. Everyone strains up on the sting of the Italian field.

8 minutes: San Siro is not full, so the ambiance is not as much as a lot, though Italy continues to dominate possession.

6 minutes: England are all around the store. Scamacca turns and drives into an enormous hole in the course of the pitch. He’s obtained choices both aspect, however decides to take a shot early, and sends one screeching inches large of the left-hand put up. Not certain Pope was attending to that, had it been on track.

5 minutes: Italy have began very brightly. Dimarco whips in from the left. Scamacca rises above Maguire on the far stick and sends a header in direction of the highest proper. Pope desperately scoops it out from underneath the crossbar, and Maguire concedes a nook. England take care of that simply sufficient.

4 minutes: England are virtually undone by a easy ball down the center. Maguire steps up, and Raspadori races clear. Raspadori pearls a shot straight at Pope, who parries properly. Then the flag goes up for offside. Turns out Maguire executed the lure completely.

3 minutes: Barella finds a little bit of house down the appropriate and appears to launch Dimarco on the opposite flank with a raking diagonal go. The ball flies harmlessly out of play.

1 minute: Cristante leaves a bit one thing on Foden, who felt it. A daring opening gambit for a participant one reserving away from suspension.

England get the ball rolling. Tonight’s referee despatched off Harry Maguire and Reece James the final time he took cost of an England match (towards Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

Before the sport, a second of silence in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II and the victims of the current flood in Italy. Respectfully noticed.

The groups are out! Italy put on their well-known azure, whereas England sport their new World Cup package, white with blue epaulettes. The motion is simply a few nationwide anthems away. (God Save the King nonetheless does not journey off the tongue, does it? Old habits, all that.)

Gareth Southgate talks to Channel 4: “We’re searching for a degree of efficiency, that is the important thing. It’s an awesome stage to return and play on, towards high opposition. Harry Maguire appears in a very good place along with his coaching, and it isn’t as if he is gone ten weeks with no sport. We really feel there’s been a very good course of with Jude Bellingham, dipping his toe within the European Championship, then beginning, then beginning some larger video games.”

Bukayo Saka has a fast phrase with Channel 4. “We’ve are available in fairly constructive. The future is extra vital than the previous. We cannot management the previous any extra. These video games are crucial, the final two earlier than the World Cup, so we actually need to win each of them. That’s our mentality.”

Imagine being within the room once they agreed on the storyboard for this.

Italy have three gamers who’re one reserving away from lacking subsequent week’s sport in Hungary: Bryan Cristante, Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.

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

Both groups are coming off the again of a hiding – England defeated 4-0 by Hungary, Italy spanked 5-2 in Germany – so there are many adjustments. Gareth Southgate makes six, with Eric Dier selecting up his first cap since November 2020, Harry Maguire returning regardless of not beginning any of Manchester United’s final 4 Premier League matches, Nick Pope standing in for the injured Jordan Pickford, and Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden additionally began. Roberto Mancini makes seven adjustments, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho returning, and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca taking the place of the injured Ciro Immobile.

The groups

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).

Preamble

The final time England performed, this occurred …

… so, properly, y’know. In truth, England are on a skid of 4 matches with no win, having made an terrible mess of Nations League Group A3 up to now. Home and away losses towards Hungary, a fortunate attract Germany, and a few goalless tedium in Wolverhampton towards Italy have rooted Gareth Southgate’s aspect to the underside of the desk. If they lose at San Siro tonight, they’re going to be cashiered from the highest tier with excessive prejudice. In different phrases, it is sport face time. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!

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