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

14 min: England have settled after that shaky get started. They ping the ball about, eliciting a couple of whistles from the house enthusiasts. Kane cuts in from the fitting and tries to make issues occur in a crowded field. Italy swarm and close the door. Kane tries once more down the left. No good fortune there, both. But this is far better from the guests.

12 min: England recycle ownership, Sterling floating one in from the left. Maguire, who had stayed up after the unfastened kick, loops a gradual header on course. Donnarumma catches with out fuss.

11 min: Foden’s supply isn’t any just right, failing to overcome the primary guy.

10 min: Jorginho crosses from the fitting. Too as regards to Pope, who claims with out fuss. England move up the opposite finish via Sterling, who’s fouled as he makes his means down the left. Free kick. Everyone strains up at the fringe of the Italian field.

8 min: San Siro isn’t complete, so the ambience isn’t as much as a lot, despite the fact that Italy proceed to dominate ownership.

Jorginho on the ball
Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

6 min: England are everywhere the store. Scamacca turns and drives into an enormous hole in the course of the pitch. He’s were given choices all sides, however makes a decision to take a shot early, and sends one screeching inches vast of the left-hand put up. Not certain Pope used to be attending to that, had it been on course.

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

4 min: England are just about undone by way of a easy ball down the center. Maguire steps up, and Raspadori races transparent. Raspadori pearls a shot directly at Pope, who parries smartly. Then the flag is going up for offside. Turns out Maguire completed the entice completely.

3 min: Barella reveals slightly of area down the fitting and appears to unlock Dimarco at the different flank with a raking diagonal cross. The ball flies harmlessly out of play.

1 min: Cristante leaves a little bit one thing on Foden, who felt it. A daring opening gambit for a participant one reserving clear of suspension.

England get the ball rolling. Tonight’s referee despatched off Harry Maguire and Reece James the remaining time he took rate of an England fit (in opposition to Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

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

The groups are out! Italy put on their well-known azure, whilst England recreation their new World Cup equipment, white with blue epaulettes. The motion is simply a few nationwide anthems away. (God Save the King nonetheless doesn’t go back and forth off the tongue, does it? Old conduct, all that.)

Gareth Southgate talks to Channel 4: “We’re looking for a level of performance, that’s the key. It’s a great stage to come and play on, against top opposition. Harry Maguire seems in a good place with his training, and it’s not as though he’s gone ten weeks without a game. We feel there’s been a good process with Jude Bellingham, dipping his toe in the European Championship, then starting, then starting some bigger games.”

Bukayo Saka has a snappy phrase with Channel 4. “We’ve come in pretty positive. The future is more important than the past. We can’t control the past any more. These games are very important, the last two before the World Cup, so we really want to win both of them. That’s our mentality.”

Imagine being within the room after they agreed at the storyboard for this.

Italy have 3 avid gamers who’re one reserving clear of lacking subsequent week’s recreation in Hungary: Bryan Cristante, Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.

England have 5 avid gamers who will omit the consult with of Germany must they see yellow this night time: 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 way of 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 now not beginning any of Manchester United’s remaining 4 Premier League fits, Nick Pope status in for the injured Jordan Pickford, and Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden additionally beginning. Roberto Mancini makes seven adjustments, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho returning, and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca taking where 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 remaining time England performed, this came about …

… so, smartly, y’know. In reality, England are on a skid of 4 fits with no win, having made an terrible mess of Nations League Group A3 to this point. Home and away losses in opposition to Hungary, a lucky attract Germany, and a few goalless tedium in Wolverhampton in opposition to Italy have rooted Gareth Southgate’s facet to the ground of the desk. If they lose at San Siro this night, they’ll be cashiered from the highest tier with excessive prejudice. In different phrases, it’s gameface time. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!

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