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England v Italy Live Commentary, 11/06/2022

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Molineux Stadium


Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the 0-0 draw between England and Italy at Molineux in the Nations League.
It's now three games without a victory for England, who remain bottom of League A Group 3. They'll host Hungary next time out as they look for their first three points of the competition. A 1-1 draw between Hungary and Germany elsewhere means that Italy still top the table despite only drawing here, and they'll travel to play Germany next as they try and continue their strong start to their Nations League campaign.
The referee blows the whistle for full-time, and the scoreline ends goalless as the teams share the spoils. Both sides had chances to win the game, with the visitors going close after just two minutes when Frattesi put his low shot wide. Mount then hit the bar after Sterling played him in, before Ramsdale made a couple of brilliant stops to deny Tonali and then Pessina before the interval. Sterling missed a golden opportunity seven minutes after the break, when an excellent cross from James picked him out at the back post. However, the Manchester City forward could only send his first-time effort over the bar. Southgate's men pressed for a late winner, but couldn't find one as the game ends 0-0.
S. Tonali
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Tonali receives a late booking for cynically bundling Bowen over as the hosts looked to counter.
90' The fourth official puts up his board and indicates that there will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this game.
M. Guéhi
F. Tomori
88' Tomori makes way for Guehi.
B. Cristante
M. Pessina
88' Pessina comes off for Cristante.
A. Florenzi
F. Dimarco
87' Mancini replaces Dimarco with Florenzi.
85' An England attack looks dangerous until Bowen takes a heavy touch in the box, ending with Acerbi clearing upfield.
83' As we near the end of this game, can either side produce some late heroics to earn all three points?
J. Ward-Prowse
Yellow Card
81' Ward-Prowse is booked for a late slide on Pessina in midfield.
B. Saka
R. Sterling
79' Saka comes on for Sterling.
G. Raspadori
G. Scamacca
77' Raspadori is on to replace his Sassulo teammate Scamacca.
76' Elsewhere it's currently 1-1 between Hungary and Germany in League A Group 3, so an England goal will really shake things up in terms of the standings.
74' Mancini's team look relatively comfortable when the hosts have possession, as they drop deep and get numbers behind the ball.
71' Kane has been involved in 17 goals in his last 14 games for England, scoring 16 and assisting one. Can he find another here to earn his country all three points?
69' Bowen has looked lively since coming on, as he tries to make an impact on just his third England cap.
67' Ward-Prowse slices a shot from range well wide after Grealish laid the ball off to him.
K. Phillips
D. Rice
65' Southgate also brings on Phillips for Rice.
J. Bowen
M. Mount
65' Bowen is on for Mount.
H. Kane
T. Abraham
65' Southgate rings the changes as Abraham is replaced by Kane.
S. Esposito
L. Pellegrini
64' Pellegrini comes off for Esposito.
W. Gnonto
M. Locatelli
64' Locatelli makes way for Gnonto.
63' Di Lorenzo nearly bundles a cross into the back of the net at the back post, but Ramsdale is there to keep it out.
61' The hosts have only failed to win three consecutive games once during Southgate's tenure, but will do so again if they can't find a winner here.
59' Abraham and Mount link up in the area, but a loose touch from Abraham ends up with the hosts earning a goal-kick.
57' Will Southgate and Mancini look to their benches to turn this game in their favour?
55' Grealish finds Sterling in the box, but the Manchester City forward's turn and shot is comfortably saved by Donnarumma.
54' Abraham is limping a little after a coming together on the touchline, but it looks like he'll be okay to continue.
52' How has that not gone in!?!? A James delivery from the right is whipped across the face of goal, and ends up with Sterling at the back post. Somehow, Sterling manages to send his first-time shot over the crossbar when it looked as if he couldn't miss.
50' Ramsdale is alert to rush out of his goal and intercept a ball over the top for Pellegrini.
F. Gatti
Yellow Card
48' Gatti is cautioned for a foul on Sterling.
48' Italy charge forward in numbers, but Pellegrini's pass into the feet of Frattesi is poor and the momentum is gone.
46' The visitors get us back underway for the second period.
It's surely a matter of time before one of these sides breaks the deadlock. Which player can show the composure needed to get their team in front?
The game goes to the break goalless, though it has been a very lively first half with both sides having great opportunities. Frattesi dragged an early shot wide of the left post, before Mount watched a first-time effort come back off the crossbar after Sterling found him in the box. Ramsdale made a number of really impressive saves to keep the scoreline at 0-0, firstly from Tonali. A cross from the right came to the Milan midfielder, but Ramsdale raced across his goalline to save the Italian's sidefooted attempt out. The Arsenal goalkeeper then did well to deny Pessina, who's deflected drive looked to be heading in until Ramsdale tipped over.
45' Locatelli volleys at goal from distance, but Ramsdale is there again to keep the Italian midfielder's shot out.
44' Ramsdale makes another smart stop to deny Pessina, as the forward cut onto his left foot in the area before driving at goal. Ramsdale did well to tip it over for a corner, which then comes to nothing.
41' Scamacca misses a great chance, after Pessina dug a cross out to him in the middle. The Sassuolo striker smashed a shot towards Ramsdale's goal, but ended up blazing well over.
40' Mount fires a powerful effort at goal, but it's straight at Donnarumma who gathers at the second attempt.
39' Can either of these sides get their noses in front before the break?
37' The hosts have been pressing really high up the pitch, but Mancini's men have largely dealt with it well as they try and play out from the back.
35' Rice screams for a foul, after Frattesi brought him down near the edge of the Italian box. The referee waves away his protests though, much to Rice's frustration.
33' Maguire wins a foul after Scamacca catches him with a stray boot, as the two battled for a loose ball.
31' England have had just under 60% of the possession so far in this match.
J. Grealish
Yellow Card
29' Grealish is yellow-carded for a poor challenge on Gatti.
28' James drags the ball back for Grealish in the box, but his shot is blocked by a well-placed Gatti.
27' Which team will be the more clinical and grab the first goal of the game?
M. Locatelli
Yellow Card
25' Locatelli is the first player to go in the referee's book, for a late slide on Mount.
25' Great save! Ramsdale makes an important stop to deny Tonali, as a cross from the right ended up at the feet of the Milan midfielder. He shoots first time, but Ramsdale does well to keep it out with his feet.
24' Pessina shows a good turn of pace to skip past Trippier near the touchline, before the Newcastle full-back brings him down.
22' England have had six attempts on goal so far, compared to Italy's one. Can they make one of these opportunities count?
20' The hosts' last game in this stadium was in 1956, a 5-2 victory over Denmark.
18' A Ward-Prowse corner finds Rice in the box, but the West Ham midfielder's sidefooted volley flies over the crossbar.
16' This fixture is at Molineux, only the fifth time that the Three Lions have played there.
14' The match has just settled down a little after a lively start.
12' The visitors have lost only two of their last 15 games against England in all competitions, winning seven and drawing six.
10' Di Lorenzo fires an inviting low delivery across the face of goal, but none of his teammates are there to tap it home.
9' Off the bar!!! Sterling plays a lovely pass to pick out Mount in the box, but his first-time effort comes back off the frame of the goal before Abraham heads the rebound wide. How is this game still 0-0?
7' Both sides have had decent opportunities in these opening exchanges, though neither has been able to find that finishing touch.
5' Donnarumma gives the ball away in a really dangerous area, but Abraham isn't able to take advantage as he fires wide.
4' Space opens up for Mount to shoot, but his effort doesn't have the power or direction to trouble Donnarumma.
2' What a chance! It's a big early let-off for England, as Frattesi was played in on goal by Pellegrini. It looked as if Frattesi was going to get his side off to a great start, but he dragged his low shot wide of the left post.
1' The hosts kick us off and we are underway.
The two teams make their way onto the pitch ahead of the national anthems.
Visiting boss Roberto Mancini goes with wholesale alterations from the win over Hungary, as Donnarumma and Pellegrini are the only two players to keep their place. Frattesi, Tonali and Locatelli come into the midfield, while Scammaca starts up front.
Home manager Gareth Southgate makes six changes from the draw with Germany, as Ramsdale starts in goal while James and Tomori come into the back four. Ward-Prowse will play in front of the defence with Rice, while Grealish and Abraham are in for Saka and Kane.
SUBS: Luiz Felipe, Bryan Cristante, Matteo Politano, Pierluigi Gollini, Giorgio Scalvini, Alex Meret, Salvatore Esposito, Alessandro Florenzi, Nicolo Barella, Degnand Wilfried Gnonto, Giacomo Raspadori, Davide Calabria.
ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Frederico Gatti, Francesco Acerbi, Federico Dimarco; Davide Frattesi, Manuel Locatelli, Sandro Tonali; Matteo Pessina, Gianluca Scamacca, Lorenzo Pellegrini.
SUBS: Nick Pope, Kyle Walker, Jarrod Bowen, Harry Kane, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Conor Coady, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Pickford, John Stones.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier; James Ward-Prowse, Declan Rice; Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish; Tammy Abraham.
The visitors meanwhile head into this fixture top of the table, as they followed an away draw with Germany with a 2-1 victory over Hungary. This match is a repeat of the Euro 2020 final, where Italy ran out winners on penalties and lifted the trophy.
The hosts come into this game bottom of League A Group 3, after a 1-0 defeat to Hungary and a draw in Germany. This match will be played behind closed doors at Molineux because of UEFA-imposed sanctions after disorder at the Euro 2020 final.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Nations League clash between England and Italy.