Italy vs England LIVE! League of Nations

England began their World Cup build-up with Gareth Southgate in desperate need of a quick fix. After an embarrassing summer in the Nations League, the Three Lions boss has been questioned of late and his team has even been chastised at times.

However, and while relegation to the Nations League would be a huge disappointment, Southgate’s success in his role has been built on performances at major tournaments. While the Italian’s opponents tonight denied him a historic European Championship win at Wembley, England have to be considered the big players heading into Qatar, even if recent results have been worrying.

Above all, optics are important here. England haven’t beaten the Italians at home since 1961, so not winning wouldn’t exactly be a disaster, but Southgate can’t afford another poor performance. Clearly, there are bigger concerns ahead, but a big loss at the San Siro would further damage morale. Catch all the action live Standard sportdedicated gaming blog. Dan Kilpatrick and Malik Ouzia provide expert analysis!

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Gareth Southgate needs answers

The summers of 2018 and 2021 marked milestones in England’s journey under Gareth Southgate, but nine weeks into the manager’s third major tournament, it is unclear where they are now headed.

In the defiant days after last year’s Euro loss to Italy, a linear rise from tournament irrelevance to the semi-finals and then the final seemed like only one logical conclusion for Qatar’s young but maturing side.

Twelve months later, after a disastrous run of four Nations League games without a win in a fortnight, Southgate’s fear in England may have reached its peak, a group of players taken as far as they can go by a manager with statesmanlike decency. tactical limitations.

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One of the most iconic football grounds that will soon be on its way out.


Kane was “available” after ankle injuries threatened Tottenham and England

Harry Kane has revealed that working with a new personal physio has helped him feel “at ease” on the pitch and overcome ankle injuries that have hampered his career.

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

He did not play again until June of that year, during Project Restart, but has only missed five matches due to the injury since working with a personal physiotherapist.

The Spanish fitness trainer, who Kane declined to name, was recommended to him by another athlete and spends one week every month living with the Spurs striker.

You can read Kane’s comments in full here!

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Why England must bet Foden on Grealish’s supercar for the World Cup

Less than six minutes into England’s Euro 2020 campaign, a bleach-blonde Phil Foden lifts up a struggling Croatia defender in the blinding Wembley sunshine, drives in with his left foot, curls the ball low past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and then watches in horror as his shot ricochets back off the base of the post.

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

As it was, things never quite took off for the Manchester City star. He kept his place in the draw with Scotland but then sat out the third group game against the Czech Republic due to fears of a yellow card which would have ruled him out of the last 16 against Germany.

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England’s great left-back Henderson is ready to fight for a place in the World Cup

Jordan Henderson, England’s senior statesman, has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from a hamstring injury and stormed into St George’s Park this week to join his team-mates and press his case for a sixth consecutive major tournament.

No other member of Gareth Southgate’s squad featured in the midfielder’s first – at Euro 2012 – and only the teenage versions of Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw went to the World Cup in Brazil two years later. In fact, only three men have pulled on the jersey in six tournaments, and only one, Sol Campbell, has done so consecutively.

Henderson has thus been the great stayer of this England, catching the tail end of the ‘golden generation’, riding through the lackluster Roy Hodgson years, which didn’t produce much, to take part in Southgate’s ongoing revolution in which he still believes. ends in glory in Qatar.

You can read his full comments here!

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Southgate vows ‘absolutely ruthless’ approach after England compromise

England manager Gareth Southgate says he will never compromise his beliefs again as he prepares to be “absolutely 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, looking to bounce back from a disastrous June in which they failed to win in four matches, including a 4-0 drubbing of Hungary at Molineux.

Southgate admitted his complacency was a factor in England’s dismal summer camp but refused to say where or how he compromised.

You can read his comments in full here!

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Toney has been left OUT of the England squad after the Italy clash was surprisingly missed

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

The Brentford forward earned his first international call-up after a strong start to the Premier League season but will have to wait to make his Three Lions debut.

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

The news is a blow to Toney, who will be hoping to make it five goals in seven games for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup side after this term.

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