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FINAL MEETING vs. ITALY
  Tuesday, 17 October 2023
2024 UEFA European Championship Group C qualification match

England 3 Italy 1 [1-1]
 
 
The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 7.47pm
Attendance: 83,194
Jude Bellingham kicked off 96 minutes
48:01 & 48:03

a moment of silence held for the victims in Israel and two football fans killed in Sweden


[1-1]
Harry Kane penalty 32 31:01
Jude Bellingham: FORTUNATE
 powerful right-footed strike into the right side of the goal as Donnarumma dived in the opposite direction
(Di Lorenzo fouled Bellingham 27:46)
(awarded 27:49)
 
VAR Checked 29:47
[0-1] Gianluca Scamacca 15 14:44
struck in right-footed from the six yard line powerfully above Pickford following Giovanni Di Lorenzo's low cross
<200th goal scored at National Stadium
[2-1] Marcus Rashford 57 56:16
Jude Belligham: CREATIVE

 cuts inside and smashes a low shot right-footed from 15yds into the bottom corner from a Belligham lay-off rom the centre

[3-1] Harry Kane 77 76:03
Marc Guéhi: FORTUNATE

 Bastoni fails to clear GuĂ©hi's long pass on the halfway line, Kane races for the ball, flicks it past Scalvini before slotting the ball right-footed past Donnarumma from 15yds

<675th goal scored at (old & new) Wembley
Kalvin Phillips 9 8:02
Destiny Udogi 10 9:08
Giovanni Di Lorenzo 30 29:59
  Giorgio Scalvini 65 64:36  
  Commentator: Steve Bower with  Dion Dublin
 
"HERR We Go!" MirrorSport & StarSport
Officials from France England Squad Type Italy Squad
Referee (black)
Clément Turpin
41 (16 May 1982), Oullins, FIFA-listed 2010
9 Goal Attempts 15
6 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Nicolas Danos
43 (27 September 1980)
Erwan Finjean
33 (17 April 1990)
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Ruddy Buquet
46 (29 January 1977), Amiens, FIFA-listed 2011

UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed, Denmark
0 Offside Calls Against 1
8 Fouls Conceded 15
57% Possession 43%
Video Assistant Officials                
Jérôme Brisard 37 (24 March 1986)
Pierre Gailloste 34
England Team
 
Rank FIFA (21 September 2023) 4th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 6th to 5th
Colours The Nike 2022 home jersey - White crew-necked jerseys with dark to light blue fury gradient sleeves, fury/void cuffs, white shorts, white socks with fury/void thin hoop. 
Captain Harry Kane Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
⁵³ most goals as captain 
62nd of 70, W 38 - D 13 - L 11 - F 146 - A 51.  P 89th of 101, W 56 - D 19 - L 14 - F 197 - A 61. 
England Lineup
  eleven changes on the previous match league position (5th October)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 29
224 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 16th) 56 41ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 33
142 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 79 1
5 Stones, John, off 63rd min. 29
142 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 69 3
6 Maguire, J. Harry 30
226 days
5 March 1993 LCD Manchester United FC (PL 10th) 60 7
46th player to reach the 60-app milestone
3 Trippier, Kieran J. 33
28 days
19 September 1990 LB Newcastle United FC (PL 8h) 45 1
4 Rice, Declan 24
276 days
14 January 1999 RDM Arsenal FC (PL 3rd) 46 3
10
Bellingham, Jude V.W., off 85th min. 20
110 days
29 June 2003 CAM Real Madrid CF, Spain (LL TOP) 27 2
8 Phillips, Kalvin M., off 70th min. 27
319 days
2 December 1995 LDM
 
Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 30 1
 
9th min. for persistent fouling and then a collision with Davide Fratessi the 132nd player to reach the 30-app milestone
     
7 Foden, Philip W. 23
142 days
28 May 2000 RF Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 29 4
9 Kane, Harry E. 30
81 days
28 July 1993 CF FC Bayern München, Germany (BL 3rd) 87 61 ²¹
the 108th penalty-kick scored (146) - 26th EC
the 372nd (239th post-war) brace scored
11
Rashford, Marcus 25
351 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC (PL 10th) 57 17
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Italy 1
12 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel, on 63rd min. (62:14) for Stones 23
96 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
RCD Crystal Palace FC (PL 9th) 7 5 0
2
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 70th min. (69:10) for Phillips 33
122 days
17 June 1990 LDM Al Ettifaq FC, Saudi Arabia (SAPL 5th) 80 54 3
26
nineteenth player to reach the 80-app milestone
scoreline: England 3 Italy 1
20 Grealish, Jack P., on 85th min. (84:08) for Bellingham 28
37 days
10 September 1995 AM Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 34 14 2
20
result: England 3 Italy 1
unused substitutes: 13-Sam Johnstone, 15-Lewis Dunk, 16-Levi Colwill, 17-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 18-Conor Gallagher, 19-Ollie Watkins, 21-James Maddison, 22-Aaron Ramsdale, 23-Jarrod Bowen.
team notes: England's 75th match played on a Tuesday.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
Jordan Pickford is the thirteenth England player to make his fiftieth competitive appearance and Kyle Walker is the seventh to make sixty.
youth notes: England and Italy have met several times in youth level matches featuring the participating players.
In the February 2016 fixture between the under-16 sides, Marc Guéhi was captain and Phil Foden also started.
Jordan Henderson started for the under-21s in the June 2013 Finals, and then John Stones and Harry Kane in the June 2015 Finals. Foden then started the November 2018 fixture.
stadium notes: England have not lost a European Championship match at the National Stadium since November 2007, a record run of twenty EC matches.
Harry Kane's 23rd and 24th goals at Wembley, equalled and then overtook Bobby Charlton's record.
manager notes: Gareth Southgate's seventieth competitive match. (W 43 - D 15 - L 12 - F 166 - A 51).
It is also Southgate's eleventh European Championship match at Wembley, extending his record, of which he remains unbeaten.
substitute notes: With 26 appearances from the bench, Jordan Henderson now becomes the fourth most-used substitute, eleven behind Jermaine Defoe, six behind Rashford, and just one behind James Milner.
team records: Harry Kane has scored in a record-breaking 44th match, overtaking Wayne Rooney.
Amongst other records, Kane is now England's record goalscorer against Italy, now standing at three.
England's twentieth match against the reigning European Champions, 25 goals in twelve victories.
England and Italy have now faced off in 32 matches, equal with the France fixture. A record for a non-home nation country.
Manager Gareth Southgate played for England against Italy in the Le Tournoi victory in June 1997 (he had been an unused substitute in the friendly four months earlier). He also played in the friendly defeats in November 2000 and March 2002.
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Stones
(Guéhi), Maguire, Trippier -
Rice, Bellingham, Phillips
(Henderson) -
Foden, Kane, Rashford
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 228 days Appearances/Goals 53.2 8.8
oldest team under Southgate so far
Italy Team
 
Current European Champions  Colours Made by Adidas - Blue crew-necked marble-print jerseys with blue/gold collar & cuff and white Adidas shoulder trim, blue shorts with white Adidas side trim, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
 Rank  FIFA (21 September 2023) 9th
EFO ranking
Group 6
ELO rating 9th to 12th
Captain Gianluigi Donnarumma Head Coach Luciano Spaletti, 64 (7 March 1959) appointed 18 August 2023, effective 1 September 2023.
4th match, W 2 - D 1 - L 0 - F 8 - A 5.
Italy Lineup
1 Donnarumma, Gianluigi 24
234 days
25 February 1999 GK Paris Saint Germain, France 58 45ᵍᵃ
2 Di Lorenzo, Giovanni 30
74 days
4 August 1993 RB SSC Napoli 31 3
30th min. for a foul on Bellingham in the area PENALTY & SUSPENDED
     
19 Scalvini, Giorgio 19
310 days
11 December 2003 RCD Atalanta BC 7 0
65th min. for dissent after demanding the referee should caution Phillips
15 Acerbi, Francesco, off 63rd min. 35
249 days
10 February 1988 LCD FC Internazionale Milano 32 1
6 Udogie, I, Destiny, off 63rd min. 20
323 days
28 November 2002 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 2 0
10th min. for a foul on Phil Foden as he skipped past him on halfway line
17 Frattesi, Davide 24
25 days
22 September 1999 RM FC Internazionale Milano, on loan from US Sassuolo Calcio 9 4
16 Cristante, Bryan 28
228 days
3 March 1995 CM AS Roma 36 2
18 Barella, Nicolò 26
242 days
17 February 1997 LM FC Internazionale Milano 49 8
11 Berardi, Domenico, off 78th min. 29
77 days
1 August 1994 RF US Sassuolo Calcio 27 8
9
Scamacca, Gianluca, off 63rd min. 24
289 days
1 January 1999 CF Atalanta BC 13 1
22 El Shaarawy, Stephen, off 87th min. 30
355 days
27 October 1992 LF AS Roma 30 6
Italy Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Italy 1
23 Bastoni, Alessandro, on 63rd min. (62:32) for Acerbi 24
187 days
13 April 1999 LCD FC Internazionale Milano 21 1
3 Dimarco, Federico, on 63rd min. (62:47) for Udogie 25
341 days
10 November 1997 LB FC Internazionale Milano 14 2
7 Kean, B. Moise, on 63rd min. (62:54) for Scammaca 23
231 days
28 February 2000 CF Juventus FC 14 4
scoreline: England 3 Italy 1
10 Raspadori, Giacomo, on 78th min. (77:37) for Berardi 23
241 days
18 February 2000 RF SSC Napoli 22 5
20 Orsolini, Riccardo, on 87th min. (86:36) for El Shaarawy 27
266 days
24 January 1997 LF Bologna FC 1909 5 2
result: England 3 Italy 1
unused substitutes: 4-Federico Gatti, 5-Manuel Locatelli, 8-Giacomo Bonaventura, 12-Guglielmo Vicerio, 13-Matteo Darmian, 14-Gianluca Mancini, 21-Alex Meret.
 
4-3-3 Donnarumma -
Di Lorenzo, Scalvini, Acerbi
(Bastoni), Udogie (Dimarco) -
Frattesi, Cristante, Barella -
Berardi (Raspadori), Scamacca (Kean), El Shaarawy (Orsolini)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 320 days Appearances/Goals 26.7 2.8
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

Manager Gareth Southgate made quite a few changes for this important group match in the Euros, and he brought back many of the first choice players. In the end it paid off, but not before the Italians had given England a tough test.

It was a lively start to the match with both sides showing a willingness to get forward. Italy certainly showed their intent with some quick passing moves, whilst England were more content to build slowly from the back. The first real attempt on goal came from a Marcus Rashford free-kick some 25 yards from goal on 12 minutes. The ball flew just over the angle of post and crossbar. Three minutes later the Wembley crowd were stunned when Italy took the lead. A clever bit of footwork by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma began the move and the passes came thick and fast as the Italians broke down the right. The move ended with Giovanni Di Lorenzo crossing hard and low. In came Gianluca Scamacca to crash home from very close range. It was poor defending by England but a well taken goal nonetheless.

Italy had their tails up now and the England midfield was struggling to make an impact on the play. Desperate England defending was needed following a couple more attacks, and Scamacca went close again on 19 minutes after more England dithering. The short passing across the back over and over, continued in the usual England style, and just as against Scotland, Italy's defensive shield would surely be better exposed with a few long balls over the top occasionally? After a spell of pressure from the home side and a number of dangerous crosses, things looked a little brighter for England and on 29 minutes they equalised.

Phil Foden was involved as Jude Bellingham burst through the middle into the box. His toe reached the ball just as Di Lorenzo clattered into him. Immediately the referee gave a penalty, but as usual these days, the incident was referred to VAR. No change in the decision and Harry Kane sent Donnarumma the wrong way with an emphatic spot-kick to bring up his 60th goal in England colours.

Some of the challenges that went unpunished from the visitors left a lot to be desired, but we should be used to this tactic of any Italian team by now, stopping the play with a foul when danger threatens. But Italy were still dangerous against a rather shaky England defence. A carbon copy of their goal in the 35th minute almost restored their lead but this time John Stones made a good block. As half-time approached Bellingham and Giorgio Scalvini had a coming together and then England's first long ball of the night almost brought success. Jordon Pickford's long pass found Kane who teed up Rashford but the keeper saved his weak shot.

At the other end there was still time for Pickford to make a fine save from Destiny Udogie who failed with a great chance. England were a bit lucky there and the general thought amongst the fans was that England needed to step up their game all around the team.

Fouls were the pattern of the opening salvos of the second-half with first Stones and then Foden being brought down in quick succession. Foden might have had a case for another penalty but not this time. Kalvin Phillips shot over from a good position, but it was nice to see that the largely anonymous City player was actually in the midfield for England. Both Udogie and Bryan Christant were then both lucky to avoid a yellow card On 56 minutes Domenico Berardi shot wide for Italy and then a minute later England took the lead.

After another long ball out from the back, a determined burst by Bellingham carried the move forward and his pass found Rashford. This time the Manchester United player cut inside from the left on his right foot and he buried his shot into the far corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. It was an excellent goal and shows just what he is capable of when he puts his mind to it.

Italy then came back strongly and Pickford had to be alert to save a shot straight at him. The match was far from over. This led to Southgate bringing on Marc Guehi for Stones and the youngster did well after coming on. A late challenge by Phillips on Davide Frattesi was only given a yellow card when on another day he might have seen red. With that Southgate brought him off and replaced him with the calm authority of Jordan Henderson, who also did well after coming on. His long pass so nearly found Bellingham in one good attack by England.

Then on 77 minutes the match was settled by a magnificent goal by Kane. Guehi did really well to take possession after a thunderbolt of a short pass from Pickford, the young defender looked up and aimed another long ball in the direction of Kane just inside Italy's half. Kane muscled his way to the ball, set off on a run holding off a challenge from another defender, and then calmly shot wide of the goalkeeper for a super goal.

To be fair Italy kept plugging away and three times Moise Kean came close to pulling a goal back, with Pickford saving twice and Guehi blocking another effort from the Italian substitute. Jack Grealish was brought on for Bellingham, who had given a tireless display, and England saw out the remaining minutes in relative comfort.

It was not the best performance by England but there were plenty of plusses, not least that they had completed the job of qualifying for next summer's tournament and it is always satisfying to beat an Italy team. There is plenty more for Southgate to do, but first we must negotiate two games in November to try and finish top of the group. I personally hope that when faced with massed defences we do continue to look at long passes over the top, because in this match it bore fruit.
  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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