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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main events

14 minutes: England They settled after that shaky start. They cycle through the ball, blowing a few whistles from the home fans. Kane turns right and tries to make things happen in a crowded box. Italy rallied and closed the door. Kane tries again down the left. No luck there either but this is much better than the visitors.

12 minutes: England Possession recycling, sterling floating one left. Maguire, who stayed up after the free kick, hits a nice header on goal. Donnarumma grabs without fanfare.

11 minutes: Foden’s delivery is not so good, as he fails to beat the first man.

10 minutes: Jorginho cross from the right. Very close to the pope who claims without fanfare. England Climb up at the other end through Sterling, who has been obstructed as it makes its way down the left. free kick. Everyone lines up at the edge of the Italian box.

8 minutes: San Siro isn’t full, so the atmosphere isn’t much, though Italia Continue to control possession.

Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

6 minutes: England All over the shop. Skamaka turns and pushes into a large gap in the middle of the field. He has options on both sides, but decides to take a shot early, sending a screeching inch wide off the left post. I’m not sure Bob would have gotten to that, had he been on target.

5 minutes: Italy started off very brightly. Demarco lashes from the left. Skamaka rises above Maguire in the far stick and sends a header to the upper right. The Pope desperately pulls her from under the crossbar, and Maguire takes a corner. England Handle it easily enough.

4 minutes: England It is almost undone by a simple ball down the middle. Maguire is ahead, and Raspadori is clearly competing. The Raspadori pearl is a direct shot at Bob, who dodges well. Then the flag rises for offside. Turns out Maguire executed the trap perfectly.

3 minutes: Barilla finds a little space in the lower right and looks to free Dimarco on the other side with a diagonal pass. The ball flies without harm from playing.

1 minute: Cristante leaves a little something on Foden, who can sense it. A daring opening maneuver for the player blocks him away from suspension.

England roll the ball. Tonight’s referee Harry Maguire and Reese James were sent off the last time he took charge of a team England Match (against Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

Before the match a moment of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II and the victims of the recent floods in Italia. respectfully.

The difference is out! Italy wears its famous azure, while England They wear the new World Cup kit, white with blue epaulets. Work on a few national anthems. (God save the king. It still doesn’t part with the tongue, doesn’t it? Old habits, all that).

Gareth Southgate speaks to Channel Four: “We’re looking for a level of performance, that’s the key. It’s a great stage to come in and play on, against a big opponent. Harry Maguire seems to be in a good place with his training, and it’s not like he’s gone ten weeks without a game. Good process with Judd Bellingham, he dipped his toe into the European Championships, then started, then started some bigger matches.”

Bukayo Saka has a quick word with Channel Four. “We came in a very positive state. The future is more important than the past. We can’t control the past anymore. These two games are very important, the last two games before the World Cup, so we really want to win both of them. That’s our mentality.”

Imagine you were in the room when they agreed on the storyboard for this.

The Italian national team has three players to book, one of whom is absent from next week’s match in Hungary: Brian Cristante, Nicolo Parilla and Alessandro Bastoni.

England have five players who will miss Germany if they see yellow this evening: Kyle Walker, Reese James, Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse.

Both teams come down from behind a bunker. England You beat Hungary 4-0, you beat Italy 5-2 in Germany – so there are a lot of changes. Gareth Southgate hit six, with Eric Dyer rising for the first time since November 2020, Harry Maguire returning despite not starting in Manchester United’s last four Premier League games, Nick Pope replacing injured Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice and Raheem Sterling and . Phil Foden also started. Roberto Mancini is making seven changes, with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and West Ham striker Gianluca Scamaca returning to replace the injured Ciro Immobile.

the difference

Italia: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbe, Tolui, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Rasbadori, Scamaca, Barilla.
Subs: Merritt, Vicario, Luis Felipe, Pobiga, 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

The last time England Played, this happened …

… well, you know. In fact, England are going four games without a win, having made a terrible mess The League of Nations Group A3 so far. Home and away defeats to Hungary, a lucky draw in Germany and some negative boredom at Wolverhampton against Italy have pushed Gareth Southgate’s side to the bottom of the table. If they lose at San Siro tonight, they will be drawn from the upper echelon with extreme prejudice. In other words, it’s time to play. Kick off at 7.45pm GMT. It’s up!