Italy vs England LIVE: Latest Nations League updates as Three Lions battle relegation


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England will try to avoid relegation in the Nations League tonight in San Siro when they take on Italy. After damaging defeats to Hungary in June and draws to Italy and Germany, the Three Lions are bottom of Group 3 in the international rankings by just two points. They are three points behind tonight’s opponents and a loss tonight means Gareth Southgate’s men are relegated to League B.

On top of that, these two Nations League games – England also face Germany on Monday night – are Southgate’s last chances to get a feel for his team before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar later this year.

The line-up the England boss decides to follow tonight will be a reflection of his priorities, as a strong squad of experienced first-choice picks would show how much he values ​​his place at the top of the Nations League. On the other hand, with only two games left until the World Cup, Southgate could decide to give playing time to players looking for starting spots, such as Ivan Toney who could make his debut for the national team.

Follow all the action from the San Siro as Italy hosts England in the Nations League:


Half time: Italy 0-0 England

45 minutes: This is not one for the neutrals. There were sporadic moments of excitement for both sides, but nothing to justify a goal.

It has been a frustrating watch thus far. England needs a little magic, will it come off the couch?


Italy 0-0 England

42 min: High and Wide! Harry Kane goes it alone and fires a shot at Donnarumma from just outside the area, but his effort always rises and goes over the bar!


Italy 0-0 England

39 mins: Bryan Cristante tries with a volley from about 25 yards, but his effort is blocked just inside the area. Italy enjoys a period of possession, but they don’t do much with it.


Italy 0-0 England

36 mins: Reece James sends a low angle to the nearest post where Declan Rice tries to shoot it in the middle. The move fails and the ball bobs to Jude Bellingham, who drives a tame effort into the ground and sends it straight back to Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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Italy 0-0 England

33 mins: Sterling gets a foul on the left wing and Foden curls the free kick into the penalty area which is shot past Harry Kane. The ball bounces to Reece James who runs at it and fires a shot at target.

A deflection leads to a deficit as what should have been a corner, but the referee awards Italy a goal kick.


Italy 0-0 England

30 min: Federico Dimarco swings a corner into the penalty area and sends the ball straight into the hands of Nick Pope. This was far from the most exciting match, but England are holding out.


Italy 0-0 England

27 min: A free kcik for Italy is sent wide to Barella, but he is quickly knocked down by Foden.

Italy are forced to withdraw and hand the game over to Di Marco on the left wing. Di Lorenzo finds his cross but the defender cannot control it well and the attack is silenced.


Italy 0-0 England

24 mins: James cleared another cross from the right. England then work the ball to the other side of the pitch, where Foden sends it to Bukayo Saka.

He loses the ball and Italy flies into the vacant space. Barella takes the ball down the wing and whips it into a cross. It doesn’t reach Raspadori and Eric Dier gets it away.


Italy 0-0 England

21 min: That’s some fine work by England to spread the ball wide and lure Italy out of position. The Three Lions now seem more confident in possession as Jude Bellingham, Reece James and Phil Foden align well.

James sends a cross into the penalty area to Harry Kane, but Leonardo Bonucci is there to clear it.


Italy 0-0 England

18 mins: Italy win a free kick from the right side of the last third of England. In a rather extravagant set piece, Di Marco sees the ball whip into the penalty area and it is turned back for a corner.

Rice and Scamacca reunite for the next set piece and the whistle goes for the Italian striker’s foul. Free kick to England.


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