Italy vs England: Nations League – LIVE | The League of Nations

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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important occasions

half-hour: DiMarco runs once more on the left and wins a nook kick from James. He takes it himself, the supply is terrible, and the meat is simple on the Pope.

29 minutes: It is Bellingham vs Raspaduri once more. This time the England midfielder introduced his leg 30 yards from the objective. Italy determined to not ship the free kick immediately into the penalty space, as an alternative passing the ball from the left to DiMarco, who crossed the lengthy. Barilla stops the ball from crossing the aspect line to the correct of the objective, however nobody is carrying blue to benefit from his rebound.

27 minutes: Barilla finds himself in a big house on the decrease proper. He appears to be like up and strikes laps to Raspadori within the house on the penalty kick. Raspadori takes a nasty contact and misses the chance to shoot. Bellingham intercept and survey. For a break up second, England was in a loud place there.

25 minutes: Sterling dribbles contained in the penalty space decrease left, however there isn’t any strategy to get previous Di Lorenzo and Jorginho. The door closes and Sterling Di Lorenzo closes in frustration.

23 minutes: Hungary took the lead in Germany. Adam Salai, the scorer. Because it stands, Hungary will win Group A3.

Adam Salai puts Hungary ahead against Germany.
Adam Salai places Hungary forward in opposition to Germany. Photograph: Alexandre Hassenstein/Getty Photos

21 minutes: Cristante blocks a easy cross out straight for a single throw. Mancini jumps up and down. The explanation for this response is somewhat clearer.

19 minutes: Every part is somewhat dangerous now. Bonucci comes via Kane’s again. On the touchline, Southgate applauds. No thought why.

17 minutes: Nothing comes from the nook.

16 minutes: Raspadori rolls the ball away in the direction of Barilla, who’s minimize quick by Saka and would not want a lot persuasion to get off. Free kick solely on the aspect of the England field. Dimarco and Raspadori take activates the doll, operating in absurd circles, then Dimarco lastly strikes to the blender. Poorly executed and unreasonable. The ball was deflected out for a nook kick for Italy.

14 minutes: England stabilized after that shaky begin. They cycle via the ball, blowing a number of whistles from the house followers. Kane turns proper and tries to make issues occur in a crowded field. Italy rallied and closed the door. Kane tries once more down the left. No luck there both however that is significantly better than the guests.

12 minutes: England repossesses sterling one from the left. Maguire, who stayed up after the free kick, hits a pleasant header on objective. Donnarumma grabs with out fanfare.

11 minutes: Foden’s supply will not be so good, as he fails to beat the primary man.

10 minutes: Jorginho cross from the correct. Very near the pope who claims with out fanfare. England climbed to the opposite finish with Sterling, who was fouled as he made his manner down the left. free kick. Everybody traces up on the fringe of the Italian field.

8 minutes: San Siro will not be full, so the vibe will not be sufficient, though Italy continues to dominate possession.

Jorginho on the ball
{Photograph}: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

6 minutes: England is in every single place. Skamaka turns and pushes into a big hole in the course of the sector. He has choices on each side, however decides to take a shot early, sending a gritty inch huge off the left put up. I am unsure Bob would have gotten to that, had he been heading in the right direction.

5 minutes: Italy began off very brightly. Demarco lashes from the left. Skamaka rises above Maguire within the far stick and sends a header to the higher proper. Pope desperately knocks it out from beneath the crossbar, and Maguire accepts a nook kick. England dealt with that simply sufficient.

4 minutes: England is nearly undone by a easy ball down the center. Maguire is forward, and Raspadori is clearly competing. The Raspadori pearl is a direct shot at Bob, who dodges properly. Then the flag rises for offside. Seems Maguire executed the entice completely.

3 minutes: Barilla finds somewhat house within the decrease proper and appears to free Dimarco on the opposite aspect with a diagonal cross. The ball flies with out hurt from taking part in.

1 minute: Cristante leaves somewhat one thing on Foden, who can sense it. A daring opening maneuver for the participant blocks him away from suspension.

England roll the ball. Tonight’s referee Harry Maguire and Rhys James had been despatched off the final time he took cost of the England recreation (in opposition to Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

Earlier than the match a second of silence in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II and the victims of the latest floods in Italy. respectfully.

The distinction is out! Italy wears their well-known azure, whereas England wears their new World Cup kits, in white with blue epaulets. Work on a number of nationwide anthems. (God save the king. It nonetheless would not half with the tongue, would not it? Outdated habits, all that).

Gareth Southgate speaks to Channel 4: “We’re searching for a degree of efficiency, that is the important thing. It is an incredible stage to return in and play on, in opposition to an enormous opponent. Harry Maguire appears to be in a superb place along with his coaching, and it is not like he is gone ten weeks with out a recreation. Good course of with Judd Bellingham, he dipped his toe into the European Championships, then began, then began some greater matches.”

Bukayo Saka has a fast phrase with Channel 4. “We got here in a really constructive state. The longer term is extra essential than the previous. We will not management the previous anymore. These two video games are crucial, the final two video games earlier than the World Cup, so we actually wish to win each of them. That is our mentality.”

Think about you had been within the room once they agreed on the storyboard for this.

The Italian nationwide staff has three gamers to e book, considered one of whom is absent from subsequent week’s match in Hungary: Brian Cristante, Nicolo Parilla and Alessandro Bastoni.

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

Each groups are out of hiding – England beat Hungary 4-0, Italy beat 5-2 in Germany – so there are a whole lot of modifications. Gareth Southgate hit six targets, with Eric Dyer rising for the primary time since November 2020, Harry Maguire returning regardless of not beginning in Manchester United’s final 4 Premier League video games, Nick Pope changing injured Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice and Raheem Sterling and . Phil Foden additionally began. Roberto Mancini is making seven modifications, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamaca returning to switch the injured Ciro Motionless.

the distinction

Italia: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbe, Tolui, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Rasbadori, Scamaca, Barilla.
Subs: Merritt, Vicario, Luiz Felipe, Bubiga, Frattisi, Gonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.

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

Rule: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain).

Preamble

This occurred the final time England performed…

… properly, you realize. Certainly, England are going 4 video games with out a win, having made horrible havoc in Group A3 of the Nations League thus far. Residence and away defeats to Hungary, a fortunate attract Germany and a few adverse boredom at Wolverhampton in opposition to Italy have pushed Gareth Southgate’s aspect to the underside of the desk. In the event that they lose on the San Siro tonight, they are going to be drawn top notch with heavy prejudice. In different phrases, it is time to play. Kick off at 7.45pm GMT. It is up!