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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
An Axpo-Ochsner Sport International Friendly Match celebrating Italy's thirtieth anniversary of World Cup Finals win in 1982

Italy 1 England 2 [1-1]

Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland
Attendance: 15,000;
Kick-off: 8.59pm CEST, 7.59pm BST. 
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Italy - Daniele De Rossi (six yard powerful header from a free-kick 15 14:21)
England - Phil Jagielka (seven yard diving header from a corner 27 26:57), Jermain Defoe (twenty-yard curler following a counter-attack 79 78:59)
Match Summary
Italy Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Italy - Diego Fabbrini (86 85:05)

Italy kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:09 & 48:07).


Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland



Referee (black) - Sascha Kever
37 (24 April 1975), Vezia, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Raffael Zader and Devis Dettamanti, 32 (21 June 1980).

Fourth official - Alain Bieri, 33 (13 March 1979), Bern.

11 Goal Attempts 12
4 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
8 Corner Kicks Won 4
1 Offside Calls Against 3
19 Fouls Conceded 14
53.8% Possession 46.2%

Italy Team



FIFA (8 August 2012) 6th
EFO ranking Group 2 to 3

ELO rating 10th to 9th
Colours: Made by Puma - Azure blue buttoned-up nehru collared jerseys with white collar with green/white/red trim, blue shorts with white trim/rear hem, blue socks with white tops.
Capt: Daniele De Rossi Manager: Cesare Claudio Prandelli, 54 (19 August 1957), appointed 30 May 2010, effective August 2010.
Italy Lineup
1 Sirigu, Salvatore 25 12 January 1987 G Paris St Germain FC, France 3 0
20 Abate, Ignazio, off 86th min. 25 12 November 1986 RB AC Milan SpA 6 0
13 Astori, Davide 25 7 January 1987 CD Casteddu Calcio SpA 2 0
4 Ogbonna, Angelo O. 24 23 May 1988 CD Torino FC SpA 4 0
16 De Rossi, Daniele 29 24 July 1983 RM AS Roma SpA 79 11
6 Balzaretti, Federico, off 46th min. 30
6 December 1981 LB AS Roma SpA 13 0
7 El Shaarawy, Stephan, off 59th min. 19 27 October 1992 LF AC Milan SpA 1 0
23 Nocerino, Antonio 27 9 April 1985 CM AC Milan SpA 14 0
9 Destro, Mattia, off 82nd min. 21 20 March 1991 CF AS Roma SpA 1 0
10 Aquilani, Alberto, off 68th min. 28 7 July 1984 LM ACF Fiorentina SpA 22 3
22 Diamanti, Alessandro, off 59th min. 29 2 May 1983 RF Bologna FC 1909 SpA 5 0
Italy Substitutes
scoreline: Italy 1 England 1
3 Peluso, Federico, on 46th min. for Balzaretti 28 20 January 1984 D Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA 1 0
19 Verratti, Marco, on 59th min. (58:18) for Diamanti 19 5 November 1992 M Paris St Germain FC, France 1 0
18 Gabbiadini, Manolo, on 59th min. for (58:25) for El Shaarawy 20 26 November 1991 F Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA 1 0
8 Poli, Andrea, on 68th min. (68:00) for Aquilani 22 29 September 1989 M UC Sampdoria SpA 1 0
scoreline: Italy 1 England 2
14 Fabbrini, Diego, on 82nd min. for Destro 21 31 July 1990 F Udinese Calcio SpA 1 0
Fabbrini cautioned in the 86th minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
11 Schelotto, Ezequiel M., on 86th min. (85:28) for Abate 23 23 May 1989 M Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio SpA 1 0
result: Italy 1 England 2

unused substitutes:

2-Mattia de Sciglio, 5-Francesco Acerbi, 12-Mattia Perin, 15-Daniele Gastaldello, 21-Andrea Consigli.
4-3-3 Sirigu -
(Schelotto), Ogbonna, Astori, Balzaretti (Peluso) -
De Rossi, Nocerino, Aquilani (Poli) -
Diamanti (Verratti), Destro (Fabbrini), El Shaarawy (Gabbiadini).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 13.6 1.2


England Team



FIFA (8 August 2012) 3rd
EFO ranking Group 3 to 2

ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 2012 home shirt - White v-neck collared jerseys with red piping on collar, red shorts, white socks with two-tone red hoop.
Capt: Frank Lampard, third captaincy.
Michael Carrick 69th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 65 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
7th match, W 5 - D 2 - L 0 - F 9 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack, off 46th min. 19 10 March 1993 G Birmingham City FC 1 1 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 22 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
3 Baines, Leighton J., off 78th min. 27 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 9 0
4 Carrick, Michael 31 28 July 1981 CM Manchester United FC 23 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 26 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 10 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N., off 62nd min. 29 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 13 1
7 Johnson, Adam 25 14 July 1987 LF Manchester City FC 12 2
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 69th min. 34 20 June 1978 RM Chelsea FC 91 23
9 Carroll, Andrew T., off 46th min. 23 6 January 1989 CF Liverpool FC 8 2
10 Cleverley, Thomas W. 23 12 August 1989 LM Manchester United FC 1 0
11 Young, Ashley S., off 62nd min. 27 9 July 1985 RF Manchester United FC 26 6
England Substitutes
scoreline: Italy 1 England 1
13 Ruddy, John T.G., on 46th min. for Butland 25 24 October 1986 G Norwich City FC 1 0 GA
19 Defoe, Jermain C., on 46th min. for Carroll 29 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 49 16
12 Lescott, Joleon P., on 62nd min. (61:12) for Young 29 16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 21 1
16 Milner, James P., on 62nd min. (61:13) for Jagielka 26 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 31 0
17 Livermore, Jake C.L., on 69th min. (68:29) for Lampard 22 14 November 1989 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
14 Bertrand, Ryan D., on 78th min. (77:34) for Baines 23 5 August 1989 LB Chelsea FC 1 0
scoreline: Italy 1 England 2

unused substitutes:

15-Steven Caulker, 18-Jack Rodwell.

team notes:

Manager Roy Hodgson had coached Switzerland against Italy in the World Cup quailfying matches on October 1992 and May 1993 (2-2 and 1-0), a friendly in June 1994 (0-1) and a Centenary friendly in June 1995 (0-1).
Jermain Defoe comes on as a substitute for a record 32nd occasion.
4-3-3 Butland (Ruddy) -
Walker, Cahill, Jagielka
(Lescott), Baines (Bertrand) -
(Livermore), Carrick, Cleverley -
(Milner), Carroll (Defoe), Johnson.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.0 Appearances/Goals 17.9 3.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

It certainly had the feel of a pre-season friendly and, in effect, that is just what it was, as England began their season with a chance of revenge for what happened a few weeks ago in Kiev.  The European Championship quarter-final against Italy now seems years ago, but in fact only 52 days has elapsed since that disappointing night. 

The two teams met again in Berne, Switzerland for this friendly and Roy Hodgson had the chance to put together a very experimental team.  He certainly gave youth a chance, giving no less than five players their England debuts.  Jack Butland, so solid in goal for Team GB's Olympic challenge, was given the chance to start in goal and in so doing he became the youngest ever England goalkeeper.  It was an ideal game for Jack to have his senior bow and he didn't let anyone down.

With both line-ups unrecognisable from the Euro 2012 tie, it was not surprising that in the early stages of the match it was cat and mouse as the teams felt each other out.  For the first ten minutes it was a typical England v Italy clash with both sides cagey and nervous.  Andy Carroll headed over from a Frank Lampard corner and then on 14 minutes Alessandro Diamanti saw his deflected free-kick scrambled away by Butland.  From the resultant corner Italy took the lead, slightly against the run of play.  Poor defending gave Daniele Di Rossi the chance to glance a header goalwards.  Butland had no chance as the excellent header flew past him.  Another save by Butland was then followed by England hitting back as Lampard laid the ball to Adam Johnson, but his shot was straight at Salvatore Sirigu.

Mattia Destro was lively up front for the Italians and both Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka had their hands full with the talented forward.  On 27 minutes though, more good work by Johnson saw him combine with Kyle Walker to force a corner.  Lampard's kick dipped as it flew into the area and it was Jagielka who bravely dived in amongst the flying feet to glance home a fine headed equaliser.  It was his first goal for his country and no more than England deserved.

Lampard was always looking to fire in shots and one powerful drive just after the half hour mark forced a flappy save from Sirigu, which he managed to get away with, and as England continued to dictate, Lampard again came close.  He, and the recalled Michael Carrick, were both showing up well in the midfield for England, and new cap Tom Cleverly was also making a very useful contribution with his workrate and passing skills.  At the other end Butland blocked a cross from the left with his foot and on 40 minutes Ashley Young was fouled, not for the first time, on the edge of the box, and Lampard came very close with his free-kick.  The final action saw Ignacio Abate make a good run before firing a cross-cum-shot across goal with no Italian able to get a touch.  For all the possession that both sides enjoyed it was ironic that both goals had come from dead ball situations.

The second half began with another debutant John Ruddy of Norwich replacing Butland and Jermaine Defoe coming on for the disappointing Carroll.  Ruddy was soon in the action and made a solid save after four minutes of his debut.  England started the second half a little sloppily and Ruddy made a fine save from Destro.  Italy should then have scored but Federico Peluso shot wide when clean through on the left.

England gradually came back into it though and on the hour more good skills by Johnson forced a corner and Young then shot over.  James Milner and Joleon Lescott came on for Young and Jagielka and England improved further.  On 66 minutes Cahill volleyed home a fierce shot from a corner, only for the referee to harshly penalise Lescott for a foul when in fact he was the one being fouled.  More substitutions came on for Italy and Jake Livermore made his debut replacing Lampard, whilst later Ryan Bertrand became the fifth new England player on the night when he replaced the impressive Leighton Baines.

There was an amazing let-off for Italy on 72 minutes when Milner's teasing cross was first almost put through his own goal by Peluso, then saved by Sirigu, and then Lescott forced the ball against a post before the Italians managed to scramble the ball clear.  England then had another goal ruled out, this time by Defoe, again because Lescott was penalised for a foul.

Six minutes later Italy's Marco Verrati forced Ruddy into a fine tip over save, and the goalkeeper had certainly made his mark in his first appearance.  From the corner Bertrand headed off the line and after the clearance Milner broke away and fed a fine pass to Defoe.  It looked as though the Tottenham man had gone too wide and run up a blind alley as the Italians tracked back to cover.  But Defoe cut back inside and unleashed a superb shot towards the far post.  Sirigu managed a touch but the force of the shot beat him to give England the lead, a lead they deserved.  On 83 minutes more good work by Bertrand set up Defoe again but this time his shot was wide.

The game was hotting up now and Abate made a fine run before seeing his shot scrambled away.  England were not about to be denied though and Milner's brilliant run near the end so nearly set up Defoe again, only stopped by some desperate defending.  Milner had made a lively cameo appearance.

In the end England held on to their lead rather comfortably, and this ended up a very satisfying result for Roy's Boys.  Lots of positives to take from the game not least in the enthusiasm shown by the newcomers and the refreshing attitude of the more established players.  Everyone can be pleased with their night's work and it augers well for the important games coming up in a month's time.

Source Notes

BBC Sport


Mike Payne - football historian and contributor