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25 minutes: Sterling dribbles into the bottom left box, but there is no way to overtake Di Lorenzo and Jorginho. The door slammed and Sterling irritated Di Lorenzo.

23 minutes: Hungary leads Germany. The top scorer is Adam Salai. At this rate, Hungary will win Group A3.

Adam Szalai puts Hungary ahead against Germany.
Adam Szalai puts Hungary ahead against Germany. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

21 minutes: Cristante throws a simple pass straight and throws. Mancini jumps. The reason for that reaction is a little more clear.

19 minutes: Everything is a little messy now. Bonucci comes from behind Kane. At the touchline, Southgate applauds. I do not know why.

17 minutes: Nothing grows out of the corner.

16 minutes: Raspadori rolls the ball wide to the right towards Barella. A free kick just outside the England box. After Dimarco and Raspadori alternately turn into dummies and run around in ridiculous circles, Dimarco finally lands low in the mixer. Poorly executed and ridiculous. The ball veers off to Italy’s corner.

14 minutes: After a shaky start, England calmed down. They swung the ball around and blew several whistles from the home fans. Kane cuts in from the right and tries to make things happen inside the dense box. Italy swarmed and closed the door. Kane tries a left again. No luck there either. But this is much better from visitors.

12 minutes: England have possession and Sterling has a goal from the left. Maguire, who was still awake after the free-kick, loops a target-friendly header. Donnarumma caught without fuss.

11 minutes: Foden’s delivery did not go well and he was unable to beat the first man.

10 minutes: Jorginho crosses from the right side. Too close to the Pope to argue without fuss. England go through Stirling to the other side, but Stirling is fouled while going down the left. free kick. All line up at the edge of the Italian box.

8 minutes: San Siro isn’t packed, so the atmosphere isn’t great, even though Italy continues to dominate possession.

Jorginho on the ball
Photo: Alberto Linglier/Reuters

6 minutes: England everywhere in the shop. Skamakka turns and drives into a huge gap in the middle of the pitch. He has options for either side, but he decides to shoot early, hitting a screeching shot inches wide of the left post. Even if it was on target, I’m not sure the Pope got that far.

5 minutes: Italy got off to a very bright start. Dimarco shoots from the left side. Skamakka got ahead of Maguire with a fast stick and headed to the top right. Pope frantically skims it from under the crossbar and Maguire concedes a corner kick. England handles it easily enough.

4 minutes: England are almost undone with a simple ball in the middle. Maguire stepped up and Raspadori cleared. Raspadori hits Pope, who can parry well. Then the offside flag is raised. Maguire set the trap perfectly.

3 minutes: Barella finds a little space on the right flank and tries to free DiMarco with a slanted pass on the opposite flank. The ball flies harmlessly out of bounds.

1 minute: Cristante leaves something to Foden who senses it. A bold opening match for a player who has only one slot left until suspension.

England get the ball rolling. Tonight’s referee last dismissed Harry Maguire and Reece James the last time he was in charge of England’s game (against Denmark at Wembley in 2020).

A minute’s silence before the game to remember Queen Elizabeth II and the victims of the recent floods in Italy. I observed it carefully.

The team is out! Italy will wear their famous azure blue, while England will wear their new World Cup kit, white with blue epaulettes. The actions are separated by the number of anthems. (God Save the King still sticks on your tongue, right? Old habits, all.)

Gareth Southgate told Channel 4: “We’re looking for a level of performance and that’s the key. It’s a great stage to play against top opponents. Harry Maguire seems to be in good shape in training and has gone 10 weeks without a match. No, I feel like Jude Bellingham has had a good process, starting from his footsteps at the European Championships and starting the bigger game.”

Bukayo Saka has a few words for Channel 4. “We have been very positive. The future is more important than the past. We can no longer control the past. These games are very important, the last two before the World Cup, so both We want to win, that’s our mentality.”

Imagine being in the room when they agree to this storyboard.

Italy have three players with one caution before missing next week’s game in Hungary. Brian Cristante, Niccolo Barella, Alessandro Bastoni.

England have five players who will miss Germany’s visit if yellow is shown tonight. Kyle Walker, Rhys James, Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish, James Ward-Prowse.

England lost 4-0 to Hungary and Italy lost 5-2 to Germany. Gareth Southgate made six appearances, Eric Dier won his first cap since November 2020 and Harry Maguire returned after missing a start in Manchester United’s last four Premier League games. Nick Pope replaced the injured Jordan Pickford, while Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden also started. Roberto Mancini makes his seven substitutions, Chelsea midfielder his Jorginho returns and West Ham striker Gianluca his Schamacca replaces his injured Ciro his Immobile.


Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Troy, Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco, Raspadori, Schamacca, Barella.
Submarines: Meret, Vicario, Luis Felipe, Povega, Fratesi, Gnonto, Emerson, Zerbin, Griffo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni

England: Pope, James, Dyer, Maguire, Walker, Bellingham, Rice, Sterling, Foden, Saka, Kane.
Submarines: Ramsdale, D Henderson, Trippier, Shaw, Grealish, Cody, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain).


This happened the last time England played…

… so yes. In fact, England have so far wreaked havoc in Nations League Group A3 and are in a four-game skid without a win. A home-and-away defeat to Hungary, a lucky draw against Germany and a boring goalless match against Italy against Wolverhampton sent Gareth and his Southgate side bottom of the table. . Tonight’s Sun will be cashier from the top his tier with extreme prejudice if he loses at Siro. In other words, it’s game face time. Kickoff is at 7:45 PM BST. It’s on!

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