England’s poor run of form continued at the San Siro on Friday night with a 1-0 defeat to Italy. The Euro 2020 finalists have been relegated from UEFA’s top tier of the Nations League competition and are winless in five and without a goal from open play in more than 450 minutes. The problems are greater with the World Cup coming up.
Matt Law led Gareth Southgate’s men from Wembley.
The Newcastle keeper, preferred over Aaron Ramsdale in the absence of Jordan Pickford, could not be faulted for the goal, but his kicking was unusual. 6
Caught by a long ball which allowed Raspadori to then turn it around and give Italy the lead with a stunning shot into the corner of the net. 5
In what was his first England appearance since November 2020, Dier made one crucial block at the start of the second half under the watchful eye of his Tottenham boss Antonio Conte. 6
England fans supported his inclusion by chanting Maguire’s name before kick-off. I was relieved to see Scamacca hit the crossbar after being beaten in the air. 5
At least Gareth Southgate learned the Chelsea star can’t take free-kicks in Qatar when he fired over the bar in Milan. 5
He made some important tackles and protected the back three well, but was unable to drive forward as he has been able to do in the past. 6
It may have been the night Bellingham cemented his place in England’s midfield, but he failed to replicate his Dortmund brilliance. 5
Saka started at left-back and struggled to make much of an impact. Ben Chilwell may have wondered why he didn’t make the matchday squad in the first place. 5
Having been in brilliant form for Manchester City, Foden has been unable to switch it on in Italy as England’s attacking balance is still not right. 5
He continued despite being left with a mouth full of blood after the mid-air collision. Twice in a row let down by Donnarumma’s huge staff. 6
Barely saw the ball in England’s spirited first-half performance. He won a free kick on the edge of the box early in the second period with one dangerous run. 5
Sent on to try and save the game as Southgate switched to the back four. He sent in a dangerous low shot to give England some momentum. 6