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Italy vs England: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Giacomo Raspadori’s fine strike made all the difference in Milan on Friday


Match report

England’s preparations for the upcoming Qatar World Cup took a hit on Friday evening, at the hands of Roberto Mancini’s Italy.

The Three Lions, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

In their latest Nations League Group 3 outing, Gareth Southgate’s troops made the trip to San Siro, for a meeting with European champions Italy.

The evening’s visitors headed into proceedings aware that nothing but a three-point haul would suffice, amid a Nations League campaign to forget thus far.

When all was said and done, though, England, once more, saw their efforts come up short.

Upon the final whistle sounding in Milan, it was Italy who, as proved the case in the Euro 2020 finale, emerged on the right side of the scoreline.

This came owing to a solitary strike on the part of Napoli talent Giacomo Raspadori, whose moment of brilliance midway through the 2nd-half of action ensured that England were officially condemned to relegation from Nations League A Group 3.

Player ratings

Italy

Gianluigi Donnarumma - 6.5

Rafael Toloi - 7

Leonardo Bonucci - 7.5

Francesco Acerbi - 6

Giovanni Di Lorenzo - 6.5

Federico Dimarco - 6.5

Nicolo Barella - 6

Jorginho - 6.5

Bryan Cristante - 5.5

Gianluca Scamacca - 6

Giacomo Raspadori - 7.5

England

Nick Pope - 5.5

Kyle Walker - 5

Eric Dier - 5.5

Harry Maguire - 6

Reece James - 6

Bukayo Saka - 5.5

Jude Bellingham - 6

Declan Rice - 6.5

Phil Foden - 5.5

Raheem Sterling - 5.5

Harry Kane - 6

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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