ENGLAND ON THE SITUATION AFTER ANOTHER POOR PERFORMANCE IN THE NATIONS LEAGUE.
England once again failed to impress in the Nations League as they drew 0-0 against Italy
England’s miserable start to the Nations league continued on Saturday, June 12 as they were forced to a drab stalemate by Italy.
Following the chaos that played out when the two nations met in the final of the Euro 2020 last year, the game was played behind closed doors.
Gareth Southgate made a number of changes to his side, including handing the armband to Raheem Sterling and starting Harry Kane on the bench.
When Kane finally came on, he was guilty of skewing a glorious opportunity to score as England relied on the brilliance of Aaron Ramsdale to keep his side from falling behind against the Azzuri.
From the overall balance of play, the hosts were at times too flat and predictable, and Italy did not have a difficult time keeping them out.
Regardless, the Three Lions did have chances to win the game, with one of the best chances falling the way of Tammy Abraham.
The AS Roma striker was shaping to shoot after Gianluigi Donnarumma fluffed his pass but Manuel Locatelli came up with a brilliant last-ditch tackle to quell the forward.
Sterling then played in Mason Mount, who was unlucky to see his effort strike the post.
For Italy, the draw had some sense of pride to it as they remain unbeaten since their elimination from World Cup qualifying after suffering a shock defeat to North Macedonia.
The draw leaves England bottom of Group A3 with no win in their opening three games.