Thursday, October 6, 2022

England relegated in Nations League with defeat to ‘worst Italy side in living memory’ to pile pressure on Gareth Southgate ahead of World Cup as alarming stats emerge

England suffered relegation in the Nations League with a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the San Siro on Friday night.

The Three Lions have failed to win any of their five matches in League A Group 3, sparking serious concerns ahead of the World Cup in November.

England did not bounce back in MilanGetty

Italy were without a number of key playersAFP

Napoli star Giacomo Raspadori netted a superb winner on 68 minutes, taking a beautiful touch before curling a right-footed effort into the far corner.

Gareth Southgate’s men picked up where they left off in June and delivered yet another uninspiring display.

England have now failed to score from open play in 450 minutes and look a far cry from the team which made the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final.

Relegation to League B will have consequences when it comes to seeding and qualification for major tournaments.

The defeat was inflicted by an Azzurri side missing 13 players and described as ‘the worst team in living memory’ by journalists before kick-off.

talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot said: “It is an Italian side described by local media as the worst in living memory.

Southgate’s England are in a rut ahead of the World CupGetty


“They are without 13 players. But they lead England.”

Meanwhile, Three Lions legend Stuart Pearce was critical of Kyle Walker’s defending for the Italy goal.

Pearce told talkSPORT: “He has taken it down beautifully. But Kyle Walker should’ve done a lot better to deal with the danger.

“We let him turn and it’s an incredible finish.”

England face Germany on Monday in their last match before beginning their Qatar 2022 campaign against Iran on November 21.

Hungary, who many fancied to finish bottom of Group 3, confirmed themselves as group winners with a 1-0 victory over the Germans.

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