Italy 0 England 0 LIVE: Frustration builds amongst visiting fans as they fail to hold possession  – latest updates

Italy 0 England 0 LIVE: Frustration builds amongst visiting fans as they fail to hold possession – latest updates

ENGLAND return to Nations League action TONIGHT with a tough Italian hurdle to overcome in Milan.

And Gareth Southgate’s side will still have the bitter feeling of heartbreak Italy put them through in the Euro 2020 final.

  • Start time: 7:45pm BST
  • Live stream: All 4
  • TV channel: Channel 4
  • Italy XI: Donaruma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Toloi; Cristante, Jorginho, Dimarco; Raspadori, Scamacca, Barella
  • England XI: Pope; James, Dier, Maguire, Walker; Bellingham, Rice; Sterling, Foden, Saka; Kane

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  • Italy 0-0 England

    40 – Walker tries to slide in James but there’s too much on it.

    Kane shows his frustration in the middle.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    35 – Amazing skill from Mount on the edge of the box.

    James gets it back and wins another corner.

    It ends up in Donnarumma’s hands.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    34 – Decent attack from the Three Lions but Kane can’t find Sterling at the back post.

    Corner to England. Good pressing from Southgate’s men to win the ball back initially.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    30 – Dimarco attacks down Italy’s left hand side but James blacks the cross.

    Italy have a corner. Pope claims.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    27 – Italy look to land the first blow.

    England are pinned back in their half.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    24 – Sterling gets into the box but is sandwiched – legally – by two Italian defenders.

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  • Italy 0-0 England

    22 – Great football from Southgate’s side. Foden plays James in but his cross hit the front man.

    Dier fouls Scamacca in midfield.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    20 – Ping pong being played in the middle here.

    Hungary are 1-0 up away at Germany in the other game in the group.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    15 – Dimarco with a poor free-kick into the box.

    Italy win a corner. Rice is fouled by team-mate Scamacca.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    13 – Sterling with a teasing run  but gives it to Kane on the edge of the box who has a hopeful shot blocked.

    The game is opening up a little again.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    10 – England with a free-kick in a dangerous position but nothing comes of it.

    Sterling puts a cross into the box following that and Maguire gets his head to it but it’s an easy save from Donnarumma.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    7 –  England put a lid on Italy for a short while.

    The game has calmed down.

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  • Italy 0-0 England

    4 – Scamacca heads at the back post and needs a big save from Pope.

    Another warning shot fired from Italy.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    3 – Raspadori breaks through but he’s offside.

    Maguire’s lack of pace highlighted there but good defensive line to be fair.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    2 – England start reasonably well with the ball.

    Foden is caught with a high foot.

  • Italy 0-0 England

    1 – And we’ve kicked off here in Milan.

    Italy in their traditional blue with the tricolor trim.

    England in their brand new strip – white shirts with dark blue shorts.

  • Out they come

    The gladiators enter football’s Colosseum!

    National anthems to follow… God Save the King for England.

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  • Saka collects Player of the Year award

    Bukayo Saka was named the England Player of the Year award this week.

    The 21-year-old winger was voted by supporters as the Three Lions’ best player over the last 12 months.

    He said: “I did not expect this, honestly. I’m honoured.

    “I’m so happy, I can’t put into words how happy I am. It’s really nice to be awarded this trophy, and that’s all I can really say!

    “Playing for England is so special, there are so many kids who want to play football for teams and it’s really difficult, so to then get picked to play for your country, it’s another level of honour and pride in yourself.

    “It’s a beautiful feeling.”

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  • An audience with the Pope

    Nick Pope will be given his ninth cap tonight and first in the Nations League.

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  • Warming up in Milan

    England players run out at the San Siro to a chorus of boos.

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  • Southgate on Maguire

    Asked if he is showing too much faith in Maguire, Southgate said: “Whatever reputation I have, I’m putting it on there.

    “You always have to back your judgement and we feel he is an important player.

    “If we thought there were experienced players ready to step in and play at a level above him there would be a different consideration and in some positions there would be a different level of competition in that way.

    “He is our most dominant aerial centre-back.

    “Him and John Stones are incredible with the ball – the amount of pressure they have taken for the team in tournaments we have played because we don’t always have that midfield pivot player who can progress the game.

    “It means there is a huge amount more pressure on our centre backs to use the ball well and those two are as good as any in world football at doing that.”

  • Southgate backs Maguire

    Gareth Southgate is ready to put his reputation on the line for Harry Maguire, writes Charlie Wyett.

    Defiant England boss Southgate gave huge backing to the out-of-favour Manchester United captain, who has not started in the Premier League since the 4-0 humiliation at Brentford on August 13.

    And he starts tonight…

  • The San Siro awaits

    Chilwell, Mount and the rest of the squad have inspected the pitch prior to kick off.

    As far as the Nations League games go, this fixture has a special feel to it.

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  • Group 3 standings

    Here are the current standings from England’s group.

    The Three Lions sit in fourth.

    A two-goal victory would take Southgate’s side above Italy.

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  • A closer look at England’s starting XI

    Gareth Southgate starts with a back five tonight with wing-backs Bukayo Saka and Reece James.

    Eric Dier steps in after performing well for Tottenham.

    Southgate has publicly backed Harry Maguire so let’s hope he lives up to his manager’s words tonight.

    Harry Kane spearheads the side with Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling either side.

    Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice are a classy duo – they sit in midfield.

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Alex Cole

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