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The referee blows up on 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. That wasn’t much of a spectacle. Channel 4 aren’t getting much bang for their buck from this England deal, are they.

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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 parties

Italy get the second one 1/2 underway. There were no half-time adjustments.

Part-time postbag. “Expensive Christ, that is terrible, isn’t it? Two video games from a International Cup? Yikes.” Ben Watson there, with an electronic mail that reads much more glumly for those who come at it from an Italian standpoint.

In the meantime in lieu of significant motion at San Siro, Kári Tulinius reviews: “The primary 1/2 of Finland v Romania has been decently entertaining. The latter have most definitely been the simpler workforce, however Teemu Pukki is a ahead who can reliably shoot the ball exhausting and hit the objective, so in spite of Romania having extra and higher possibilities, the Eagle-Owls lead 1-0. Benefit from the 2d 1/2!” We’ll take a look at.

ALSO HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai with the one objective up to now on 17 mins. As issues stand, Hungary will win Team A3 and make it thru to the finals.

HALF TIME: Italy 0-0 England

The referee blows up on 44 mins and 59 seconds. You’ll be able to’t blame him. That wasn’t a lot of a spectacle. Channel 4 aren’t getting a lot bang for his or her greenback from this England deal, are they.

43 min: Some other Foden unfastened kick from the left. This one’s higher, in opposition to Rice at the right-hand fringe of the six-yard field. Bonucci is compelled to eyebrow out for a nook, however that’ll by no means be taken, for the reason that whistle is going for shoving. Rice actually didn’t do an excessive amount of improper there, and appears understandably incensed.

42 min: Kane is given an absurd quantity of area to run into. He strides down the center, thinks about passing, thinks once more, then blooters over the bar from 30 yards. Donnarumma evenly watches the ball sail away.

40 min: Italy push England again. Acerbi threatens down the inside-left channel, however then Foden nips within the highway and wins a unfastened kick. The drive on England is launched.

38 min: Scamacca knocks an extended ball down for Cristante, who lotions a first-time shot goalwards. It deflects clear of threat, off the again of his personal guy Scamacca.

37 min: Bellingham meets the nook at the fringe of the field, however can handiest ship a vulnerable bouncer thru to Donnarumma. England have all at once taken it up a notch.

36 min: Bellingham works his approach down the best and earns England a nook. James takes. Extra bagatelle. Dimarco is compelled to hack out for some other nook at the identical aspect. James to take once more.

35 min: Loose kick for England out at the left touchline. Foden’s unfastened kick is 1/2 cleared. James, romping down the inside-right flank, has a speculative whack. The ball bagatelles its approach throughout the Italy field and out for what must be a nook … however the referee awards a objective kick as a substitute.

33 min: Mancini hugs the touchline and offers Dimarco some trenchant recommendation. He’s no longer glad together with his workforce in any respect.

31 min: England are taking part in the (3) lions’ proportion of ownership – 57 p.c up to now – however Italy glance the much more likely to open the scoring. No longer that both keeper has had an excessive amount of significant paintings to do.

{Photograph}: Michael Regan/Getty Photographs

30 min: Dimarco has some other run down the left and wins a nook off James. He is taking it himself, and the supply is appalling, simple meat for Pope.

29 min: It’s Bellingham as opposed to Raspadori once more. This time the England midfielder brings his guy down 30 yards from objective. Italy make a decision to not ship the unfastened kick direct into the field, as a substitute operating the ball left to Dimarco, who crosses lengthy. Barella stops the ball from crossing the byline to the best of objective, however there’s no one in blue to benefit from his pullback.

27 min: Barella unearths himself in a large number of area down the best. He seems up and rolls infield for Raspadori, in area at the penalty spot. Raspadori takes a deficient contact and loses the chance to shoot. Bellingham intercepts and clears. For a break up 2d, England have been in a place of hassle there.

25 min: Sterling dribbles into the field down the left, however there’s no well beyond Di Lorenzo and Jorginho. The door slams close, and Sterling clips Di Lorenzo in frustration.

23 min: Hungary have taken the lead in Germany. Adam Szalai the scorer. As issues stand, Hungary will win Team A3.

Adam Szalai puts Hungary in front against Germany.
Adam Szalai places Hungary in entrance towards Germany. {Photograph}: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Photographs

21 min: Cristante lumps a easy move directly out for a throw. Mancini hops up and down. The cause of that response a bit of clearer.

19 min: It’s all a bit of scrappy now. Bonucci comes throughout the again of Kane. At the touchline, Southgate applauds. No thought why.

17 min: Not anything comes of the nook.

16 min: Raspadori rolls the ball vast appropriate in opposition to Barella, who’s clipped by means of Saka and doesn’t want an excessive amount of persuading to head down. A unfastened kick simply to the aspect of the England field. Dimarco and Raspadori take turns to dummy, working round in absurd circles, then Dimarco in any case drives low into the mixer. Poorly performed and preposterous. The ball deflects out for an Italy nook.

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 best 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. However 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 steady header on the right track. Donnarumma catches with out fuss.

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

10 min: Jorginho crosses from the best. Too with reference to Pope, who claims with out fuss. England pass up the opposite finish thru Sterling, who’s fouled as he makes his approach down the left. Loose kick. Everybody 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, although Italy proceed to dominate ownership.

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

6 min: England are in every single place the store. Scamacca turns and drives into an enormous hole in the course of the pitch. He’s were given choices both sides, however comes to a decision to take a shot early, and sends one screeching inches vast of the left-hand put up. No longer positive Pope used to be attending to that, had it been on the right track.

5 min: Italy have began very brightly. Dimarco whips in from the left. Scamacca rises above Maguire on the some distance stick and sends a header in opposition to the highest appropriate. Pope desperately scoops it out from below the crossbar, and Maguire concedes a nook. England handle that simply sufficient.

4 min: England are just about undone by means 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. Seems Maguire performed the lure completely.

3 min: Barella unearths a bit of of area down the best and appears to liberate Dimarco at the different flank with a raking diagonal move. The ball flies harmlessly out of play.

1 min: Cristante leaves a 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. This night’s referee despatched off Harry Maguire and Reece James the remaining time he took price of an England fit (towards Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

Earlier than the sport, a second of silence in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II and the sufferers of the new flood in Italy. Respectfully seen.

The groups are out! Italy put on their well-known azure, whilst England game their new International Cup package, white with blue epaulettes. The motion is solely a few nationwide anthems away. (God Save the King nonetheless doesn’t commute off the tongue, does it? Previous behavior, all that.)

Gareth Southgate talks to Channel 4: “We’re on the lookout for a degree of efficiency, that’s the important thing. It’s an ideal degree to return and play on, towards best opposition. Harry Maguire turns out in a just right position together with his coaching, and it’s no longer as even though he’s long past ten weeks with no sport. We really feel there’s been a just right procedure with Jude Bellingham, dipping his toe within the Ecu Championship, then beginning, then beginning some larger video games.”

Bukayo Saka has a handy guide a rough phrase with Channel 4. “We’ve are available in lovely sure. The long run is extra necessary than the previous. We will’t keep watch over the previous any further. Those video games are crucial, the remaining two earlier than the International Cup, so we actually wish to win either one of them. That’s our mentality.”

Believe 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 sport in Hungary: Bryan Cristante, Nicolò Barella and Alessandro Bastoni.

England have 5 avid gamers who will omit the seek advice from of Germany must they see yellow this night: Kyle Walker, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse.

Each groups are coming off the again of a hiding – England defeated 4-0 by means 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 in spite of no longer 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 Motionless.

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 Countries League Team A3 up to now. House and away losses towards Hungary, a lucky attract Germany, and a few goalless tedium in Wolverhampton towards Italy have rooted Gareth Southgate’s aspect to the ground of the desk. In the event that 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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