After a goalless first half, Italian youngster Giacomo Raspadori scored the goal in style in the 68th minute. This results in the Three Lions facing another defeat in the League.
England will play the next Nations League campaign in Tier B. As the World Cup is just two months away, Gareth Southgate has a lot of things to do to regain the confidence of the squad.
England has a winless run in the last five games and will face their old rival Germany at Wembley Stadium on Monday.
UEFA Nations League: England Striker Omission
The surprise omission of Brentford striker Ivan Toney from England’s 23-man for Friday’s game left England fans speechless. Toney received his first international call-up this time.
While Kane’s position as the main striker for the English squad is assured, Toney has only one game left to prove himself.
In terms of starting lineup, Walker surprisingly started the game as a left-back instead of Shaw or Chilwell. But in the game, Saka played as a wing-back, which is not a preferred position for an attacking winger.
It would be a better choice if Chilwell played that role. Before the World Cup, Southgate should consider using Saka as an attacking third.
No Hope from Maguire
Southgate has always kept his faith in Pickford and Maguire. Despite his lack of form at Everton, Pickford always shines for his country. But the same thing did not happen with the Manchester United defender Maguire.
He was lacking confidence in the game and looked shaky whenever Italy tries to attack. The former Leicester defender struggled a lot to mark Gianluca Scamacca and Giovanni Di Lorenzo properly.
This has given a thought to Southgate before his World Cup team selection. But Eric Dier’s impressive display has shown the manager why he is a must-pick for the team’s Qatar World Cup tour.
Between Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale, Southgate chose the Newcastle keeper, and he did not disappoint his manager with an accomplished display. The chances of Ramsdale’s first team line up is high against Germany on Monday.
On a frustrating night, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham showed glimpses of a bright future for Three Lions. Both are ready to challenge regular England team players. Foden was a threat to the Italian defense but was able to break the deadlock. Bellingham showed sustainability in the British midfield.
UEFA Nations League: Criticism on Southgate
Southgate was on brink of achieving something beautiful just 14 months earlier. But he is now under scrutiny for making some controversial choices.
The Three Lions’ relegation to the second league of the Nations League is quite frustrating and humiliating for England. The manager is now under a lot of pressure.
After facing a 4-0 defeat against Hungary in the Nations League, Southgate was booed by the fans. The manager also left in-form Sancho out of his squad and his tactics are often questioned by the critics.
England squad needs motivation before the Qatar World Cup journey. But a relegation on their hand is not a good sign for them before the tournament.