San Marino matched, a 22-year-old benchmark & more: All the best stats as England fans call for Gareth Southgate’s head after NL relegation

A series of remarkable statistics, surrounding the recent struggles of Gareth Southgate’s England, have come to the fore on Friday evening.

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

Amid a Nations League campaign to forget to date, England made the trip to San Siro, for a showdown with European champions Italy.

Southgate and co. headed into proceedings aware that nothing but three points would suffice, with a strong starting XI - featuring the talents of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and more - having therefore been trotted out.

When all was said and done in Milan, though, the visitors, once more, flattered to deceive.

A solitary strike on the part of Giacomo Raspadori, in turn, proved all that was required to guide Italy to all three points, and 2nd place in the Nations League Group 3 table.

England, on the other hand, must now face up to a frankly embarrassing Nations League relegation.

With one of the greatest generations of talent in English football history at his disposal, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of Gareth Southgate being singled out for heavy criticism on Friday evening.

Many of a Three Lions persuasion have even gone as far as to call for the former Middlesbrough boss’ head, with the following series of statistics a damning indictment of just how poor a stretch of form England look set to head to the World Cup in the midst of:

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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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