England vs. Italy – Football Match Report – June 11, 2022
The match was played behind closed doors following sanctions against the FA for crowd trouble during last year’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley, when Italy beat England to win the trophy after a penalty shootout.
The 2,000 or so children who were allowed to attend Saturday’s match witnessed a much less dramatic affair this time around.
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England will likely feel the more disappointed of the two sides not to pick up a win after controlling much of the possession and also seeing Raheem Sterling shoot over the bar from inside the six-yard box with a clear chance in the second half.
Both teams featured a number of changes from the lineups that contested the European Championship final a year ago.
England coach Garteth Southgate took the opportunity to get looks at Ramsdale, defender Fikayo Tomori and striker Tammy Abraham from the start, with Harry Kane only a substitute, as preparations continued for the World Cup.
Italy’s Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, continued to look to the future with a new generation of players after failing to qualify for Qatar.
England stay bottom of League A3, with two points from three games, while unbeaten Italy are top with five points.
While England’s lineup had an experimental feel and the atmosphere was flat, the lack of quality and their over-cautious style will be a cause for concern with the World Cup looming in Qatar in November.
It is the first time they have gone three games without a win since Southgate took charge and they have not scored a goal from open play in their last three games.
“We improved upon a lot of things today,” Southgate said. “We had two or three really good chances that we needed to score and lacked that bit of sharpness in the final third.
“But the general performance I was pleased with. I thought the second half we were the better team.”
Mancini would have been the happier of the two managers as his new-look side played the better football, starting from the third minute when but Davide Frattesi side-footed a superb chance wide of the post.
Mount should have scored when he was played in on goal but his curling effort rattled the crossbar.
Sterling, captain for the night, should have put England ahead but his scooped finish over the crossbar rather summed up a disappointing night for the hosts