Italy vs England LIVE: Nations League result, final score and reaction when Azzurri win to relegation to England

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England suffered the ignominy of relegation from the Nations League top flight after a tepid loss to Italy sparking further concern ahead of the winter World Cup.

Among the favorites to succeed in Qatar having reached the semi-finals four years ago and the Euro 2020 final, things have been going poorly for Gareth Southgate’s side of late.

England failed to win any of their four June meetings and produced a timid response to Molineux’s 4-0 thrashing of Hungary, with Giacomo Raspadori sealing a 1-0 win for Roberto Mancini’s Italy on Friday night.

A fifth successive game without a win means Southgate’s men have been relegated from Group A of the Nations League, a competition in which they finished third three years ago, with a game to play. The demotion is embarrassing, but the performance is arguably more of a concern given that there are only 59 days to go before their World Cup debut against Iran.

Relive the action from the San Siro as Italy defeated England in the Nations League:

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England fall to heartbreaking defeat to Italy and suffer relegation from the League of Nations

If it was Gareth Southgate refusing to commit, what are the alibis? What are the excuses? This is no longer summer, nor “just the Nations League”. It is not even a result of the continued failure of the England football team to win in this country since 1961, as this was not even a particularly strong Italy football team.

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It no longer looks like a strong England.

And that, more than anything, is why it’s such a big deal now. There’s more to this than a losing streak at the wrong time.

Southgate’s side look stale and disconnected, just as he arrives at a tournament that the Football Association had long touted as the culmination of an era.

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FT Italy 1-0 England

England’s game against Germany is now a dead game in Nations League terms. Germany cannot win the group and England are relegated.

It’s also England’s last game before the World Cup and Gareth Southgate has plenty of problems to sort out. England is lukewarm, slow and not decisive enough.

With the talent at their disposal, England should dominate games, but something is wrong.

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FT Italy 1-0 England

There are also no wins in five games.

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Full Time: Italy 1-0 England

Minutes of 90+6: There is the final whistle! England has been defeated in Italy. They have lost three of their last five games now and have not won during that streak.

Germany’s game on Monday is huge now and they’ll want to win it to get some momentum going into the World Cup.

That loss also sees England relegated to League B in the Nations League.

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Italy 1-0 England

90+3 mins: Declan Rice takes a shot from range but only sends it to Donnarumma’s throat.

Jack Grealish then receives a yellow card and will now miss Germany’s game on Monday.

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Italy 1-0 England

90 minutes: Six minutes of additional time to play. Can England get a draw?

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Italy 1-0 England

87 mins: Close! Di Lorenzo slides the ball into the area for Cristante, who rolls the ball to his left foot and drills a shot wide of the back post. He has to hit the mark there.

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Italy 1-0 England

84 mins: It should be 2-0! Manolo Gabbiadini runs behind the England defense too easily and is denied by Nick Pope. England go five games without a win here, something that hasn’t happened since 2014.

They are also going to be relegated from the top tier of the Nations League.

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Italy 1-0 England

81 mins – In the last 10 minutes at the San Siro and England are still chasing the game. Grealish dodges a tackle and manages to pass the ball to Bellingham.

He spins on his weaker left foot and lets fly from the edge of the area. The midfielder slips when shooting and the ball goes wide of the near post.

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Italy 1-0 England

78 mins: Di Lorenzo enters the book for a late challenge on Jack Grealish, who wins a free kick just outside the left side of the Italian penalty area.

Reece James seems to be the man to spin this one in the box. He does so, but throws the effort right at Donnarumma, who hits him.

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