Italy 1-0 England LIVE! England relegated - Nations League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Italy 1-0 England LIVE! England relegated - Nations League result, match stream and latest updates today

England suffered the ignominy of relegation from the Nations League’s top tier after a tepid defeat to Italy that raises further concern ahead of the winter World Cup.

Among the favourites to triumph in Qatar having reached the semi-finals four years ago and the Euro 2020 final, things have gone awry for Gareth Southgate’s side of late.

England failed to win any of their four June fixtures and produced a meek response to their 4-0 Molineux mauling against Hungary, with Giacomo Raspadori sealing Roberto Mancini’s Italy a 1-0 victory on Friday night.

A fifth straight match without a win means Southgate’s men have been relegated from Group A of the Nations League - a competition they finished third in three years ago - with a game to spare.

Demotion is embarrassing but the performance is arguably of more concern given it is just 59 days until their World Cup opener against Iran.

The Euro 2020 finalists had played out a forgettable goalless draw behind closed doors in June and the first half in Milan somehow managed to be even more dreary as England toiled against the absentee-hit Azzurri.

It did not get any better from the visitors’ perspective as Italy, who will not be in Qatar, kept them at bay and secured victory through Raspadori’s fine curling effort.

Southgate’s side lacked the ruthlessness called for on the eve of a San Siro encounter that ends with more questions than answers, with just Monday’s home match against Germany to come before the World Cup.

Italy vs England latest news

  • GOAL! Raspadori puts hosts ahead with a brilliant finish

  • Kick-off time and venue: 7.45pm BST, San Siro

  • How to watch: Channel 4

  • Prediction: 1-1 draw

  • Confirmed England lineup

  • Confirmed Italy lineup

England player ratings

21:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

England were relegated from Nations League Group A3 on Friday evening after losing 1-0 away in Italy.

Giacomo Raspadori scored a brilliant goal to condemn Gareth Southgate’s side to their fifth game without a win, on an evening where England struggled for firepower.

Here’s how Gareth Southgate’s side rated at the San Siro...

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FT: Italy 1-0 England

21:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

England’s worst run under Gareth Soutghate continues as the Three Lions are relegated in meek fashion.

One more game until the World Cup...

Into added time

21:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

90+3: Frankly, England are going down without a whimper.

England on the brink of relegation

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82:00 - A bit more urgency from England at the moment but Italy almost kill the game, hitting the post from a yard out.

Kane with a double chance

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76:00 - From a tight angle granted, but Kane shoots straight at the ‘keeper twice.

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Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

21:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

As it stands, England are facing relegation in the Nations League - and potentially a tougher route to Euro 2024. Obviously the more immediate concern is their form going into the World Cup, with just one more game after this one before Iran on November 21.

GOAL! Italy 1-0 England | Giacomo Raspador’67

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67:00 - Brilliant goal from the Napoli forward, who gets in behind Walker and curls in a shot past Pope. Stunning finish.

Good defending England

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61:00 - Walker and Pope with crucial interventions to stop England falling behind as Italy ramp up the pressure.

Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

21:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s been a livelier start to the second half, and an offside flag has just spared the blushes of England and Barella after a bad miss from the Italy forward following a fine move. It’s more end to end now, and England have also been more purposeful, particularly on the counter.

Italy growing into this

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51:00 - Scamacca is winning duels, able to turn and start attacks.

The second-half isn’t much better than the first, mind.

England break

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48:00 - Kane goes alone instead of finding Foden, winning a corner with a shot from a tight angle.

England opened up

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49:00 - Brilliant switch of play fees Acerbi of all people in the box but his shot is blocked.

Back underway!

20:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

Surely, it’s got to get better?

Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

20:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Not a classic. Barring the odd link up between Foden and Bellingham, England have been uninspiring so far in San Siro and have now gone over 400 minutes without an open-play goal. Things can only get better...surely?

HT: Italy 0-0 England

20:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Well, that was dull.

Kane blazes over

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41:00 - Kane breaks but opts not to use Foden to his right, instead blazing over from just outside the box.

Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

20:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Dier has looked assured at the heart of the back three on his first England appearance for nearly two years. He is essentially a specialist in the role now, having been used there by Conte since he took over at Spurs.

Good spell for England

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35:00 - James and Kane earning the away side two corners in quick succession, though England are yet to have a shot.

Jorginho always in space

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32:00 - Rice and Bellingham leaving the Chelsea star to pick passes at will. A gap that needs tightening.

Phil Foden getting on the ball

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28:00 - The City star is dropping deeper, looking to take on players and find angles.

The more he sees of the ball, the better chance England have of breaking this Italian team down.

Game of few chances

20:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

23:00 - Reece James gets forward and should do better with an early cross to Kane, which falls just behind the England captain.

Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

20:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

England are seeing more of the ball but their flow is being disrupted by an aggressive Italian press. Whenever an England player threatens to make progress in Italy’s half, there’s a blue shirt on him.

England improving

20:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

19:00 - Both teams are far from their best tonight, though Italy have probaby had the better of things thus far.

England have improved from a shaky start, however, breaking forward and putting some nice passes together in the final third.

England opening up

20:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

15:00 - Italy somewhat sloppy in possession, allowing England to break.

Kane and Sterling starting to get on the ball in dangerous areas.

Dan Kilpatrick at San Siro

19:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Gareth Southgate offered a robust defence of Harry Maguire last night but the under-pressure has made a shaky start here. In the space of a couple of minutes, Di Lorenzo got behind him and Scamacca got above him, both getting efforts on goal which were saved by Pope.

England need a reset

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09:00 - Getting played through far too easily here.

Italy having the better of it

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07:00 - Italy get through England’s midfield far too easily, but the West Ham star tries a shot too early and it trickles wide,

Italy going through the gears

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05:00 - Walker gives the ball away, allowing Italy up the pitch, while Scamacca heads wide from a tight angle.

Half chance for Italy

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04:00 - Raspadori tries a snap shot after getting past Maguire, though he’s flagged offside.

Cagey start

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03:00 - England pressing well, but Italy seem happy to knock the ball around defence.

KICK-OFF

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Away we go!

Huge support for Harry Maguire

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The under-fire Manchester United defender applauded by the traveling England fans.

The future for England?

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Bukayo Saka speaks

19:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

“I like challenges”, says Bukayo Saka of his left wing-back role at San Siro tonight.

Dan Kilpatrick’s pre-match verdict

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Harry Kane’s pre-match message

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“We want to bounce back and win games,” the England captain told BBC Radio Five Live.

“Ideally, we would love to win both games and go into the World Cup full of confidence [and] on the up.

“I’m not going to panic too much if that’s not the case.

“We have got a great team, we have had two great major tournaments in a row and ultimately that is what we are going to be judged on.

“We are going to use these two games to try and perform and to try implement the things we have been working on.

“Of course results are important to try and win the two games, but one way or another, ultimately it comes down to what we do in November.”

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Should Tomori start?

19:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

The AC Milan defender has certainly made quite the impression since leaving Chelsea...

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Taking in the surroundings

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Dier and Toney the key questions facing England in World Cup countdown

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After a shambolic summer, England are set for a Nations League double-header with Germany and Italy less than two months before the 2022 World Cup.

Having come under intense scrutiny earlier this year, Gareth Southgate is still looking for answers ahead of his third major tournament in charge of the Three Lions.

Malik Ouzia looks at the key issues facing England…

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A look inside the dressing room

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Confirmed Italy lineup

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Confirmed England lineup

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Gareth Southgate needs answers

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The summers of 2018 and 2021 were landmark stages on England’s journey under Gareth Southgate, but nine weeks out from the third major tournament of the manager’s reign, quite where they are heading now is unclear.

In the defiant days after last year’s European Championship near-miss against Italy, a linear rise from tournament irrelevance to a semi-final and then a final seemed to have only one logical conclusion for a young but maturing squad in Qatar.

Twelve months on, after a disastrous run of four Nations League matches in a fortnight without a victory, the fear set in that Southgate’s England might already have peaked, this group of players taken as far as they might go by a manager of statesmanlike decency and tactical limitations.

Read the full feature here!

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Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick arrives at San Siro

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One of the most iconic grounds in football, soon to be on the way out.

Kane ‘free’ after ankle injuries threatened Tottenham and England

18:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane has revealed that working with a new personal physiotherapist has helped him to feel “free” on the pitch and overcome the ankle injuries which hampered his career.

Between September 2016 and April 2019, Kane suffered five separate ankle ligament injuries and the persistent issues led the England captain to tear his hamstring on New Year’s Day 2020 while playing for Tottenham at Southampton.

He did not play again until June of that year, during Project Restart, but has since missed just five matches through injury after employing a personal physio.

The Spanish fitness coach, who Kane declined to name, was recommended to him by another athlete and spends one week of each month living with the Spurs forward.

You can read Kane’s comments in full here!

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Why England must bank on Foden for World Cup with Grealish a super sub

17:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Less than six minutes into England’s Euro 2020 campaign, in the dazzling Wembley sunshine, a bleach-blond Phil Foden stands up a scrambling Croatia defender, shimmies inside onto his left foot, curls the ball low past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, then watches in dismay as his shot ricochets back off the base of the post.

A couple of inches to the right, and perhaps that strike would have launched the summer of Phil, a breakthrough on the international stage for the most exciting English player of his generation, whose football genius as much as his barnet has ignited hopes of a Gazza Euro ’96-style campaign.

As it was, things never quite got going for the Manchester City star. He kept his place for the dismal draw with Scotland, then was left out of the third group game against Czech Republic for fear of picking up the yellow card that would have ruled him out of the last-16 against Germany.

Read Malik Ouzia’s full analysis here!

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England’s great stayer Henderson ready to fight for World Cup place

17:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

Having recovered more swiftly than expected from a hamstring injury, Jordan Henderson, England’s elder statesman, dashed to St George’s Park this week to join his team-mates and push his case for inclusion at a sixth consecutive major tournament.

No other member of Gareth Southgate’s squad was involved at the midfielder’s first — Euro 2012 — and only teenage versions of Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw went to Brazil for the World Cup two years after. In fact, only three men have ever pulled on the shirt at six tournaments and only one, Sol Campbell, has done so in succession.

Henderson, then, has been this England’s great stayer, catching the tail end of the ‘golden generation’, riding out the drab Roy Hodgson years, from which not many emerged to play a part in Southgate’s steady revolution, which he still has faith will end in glory in Qatar.

You can read his full comments here!

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Southgate vows ‘completely ruthless’ approach after England compromise

17:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

England manager Gareth Southgate says he will never again compromise his beliefs, as he prepares to be “completely ruthless” ahead of this winter’s World Cup.

His side face Italy in the Nations League in Milan tonight in their penultimate match before Qatar, aiming to recover from a disastrous June in which they failed to win in four matches, including the 4-0 defeat by Hungary at Molineux.

Southgate admitted that his own complacency was a factor in England’s dismal summer camp but declined to say where or how he had made compromises.

You can read his comments in full here!

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Toney left OUT of England squad in surprise omission for Italy clash

17:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Ivan Toney has been left out of the England squad to face Italy in the Nations League tonight.

The Brentford striker earned his first international call-up following a fine start to the Premier League season but will have to wait for his Three Lions debut.

Toney, Marc Guehi, Ben Chilwell and Jordan Henderson have not been included in the 23-man matchday squad to face Italy in Milan.

The news is a blow for Toney, who is hoping to stake a claim for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup after scoring five goals in seven games so far this term.

Read the full story here!

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Prediction: 1-1 draw

17:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

This is one is likely to be cagey. England cannot risk getting played off the park in what has been a difficult atmosphere for them over the years.

1-1  draw.

Declan Rice’s performance stood out despite a long season with West Ham (Getty Images)
Declan Rice’s performance stood out despite a long season with West Ham (Getty Images)

Italy team news: Sandro Tonali a doubt

17:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

For the Italians, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Matteo Politano have pulled out of the squad, meaning Roberto Mancini will likely have to turn to some less established names, while AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali is another doubt.

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England team news: Dier and Pope to start

17:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Given the close proximity of the World Cup, it’s hard to imagine Southgate tinkering too much. Kalvin Phillips is injured, meaning there’s a strong chance of seeing Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham paired together in midfield, although there could well be starts for Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw despite their lack of action at club level.

Nick Pope will likely deputise for the absent Jordan Pickford in goal, while Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are certain starters. John Stones is suspended, meaning Eric Dier could come into the starting lineup with his England exile finally over.

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Where to watch Italy vs England

17:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be broadcast live free-to-air on Channel 4, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: All 4 (free with a subscription) will also provide a live stream online.

LIVE coverage: Follow all the action tonight with Standard Sport’s dedicated live match blog, with expert analysis from chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick in Milan.

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Welcome

15:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE match coverage as England travel to Italy in the Nations League.

Kick-off inside San Siro is at 7.45pm BST.

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