England suffered the ignominy of relegation from the top division of the Nations League after a tepid defeat by Italy that raises further concerns ahead of the Winter World Cup.
Among the favorites to triumph in Qatar after reaching the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 four years ago, something went wrong for Gareth Southgate’s side.
England failed to win any of their four games in June and responded poorly to Molineux’s 4-0 loss to Hungary. Giacomo Raspadori sealed Roberto Mancini’s 1-0 win for Italy on Friday night.
Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel rated the players.
Gianluigi Donnarumma – A calming influence for his team, especially when England came into play. Two big saves by Kane. 7
Rafael Toloy – The Atalanta defender has dealt well with what England threw at him – apart from a few worrying moments. Relatively unexcited. 6.5
Leonardo Bonucci – But for a few moments, as he used his experience to deal with England’s largely meek attack, the Italian hero cruised through them. Booked. 7
Francesco Acerbi – At 6ft 4in, the huge centre-back was comfortable in the air. He looked less confident as he faced Sterling and Foden, who had the ball at their feet. 6.5
Giovanni di Lorenzo – Took advantage of a few positional mistakes by Saka, particularly in the first 30 minutes, but failed to make England pay. Booked. 6.5.
Bryan Cristante – An early tackle on Foden, for which the Italian thankfully avoided a booking, set the tone for Italy’s aggressive start. 6.5
jorginho – Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at times, but the Chelsea man kept the ball moving in midfield for the most part. 6
Nicole Barella – Uneconomical. Offers protection and energy to Italy’s rearguard, but offers little else. Misplaced too many passports. 5.5
Federico Dimarco – Offered a decent threat on the Italian’s right but was far less diligent in chasing the wandering Foden. 6
Giacomo Raspadori – The 22-year-old forward is a clear talent but England’s back three coped well with the Napoli man’s threat. Looks like she has a bright future 7.5
Gianluca Scamacca – West Ham’s summer signing had Italy’s best chances in the first half but showed little composure in front of goal. 6.5
Subtitle: Gnonto 6 (Scamacca 63); Pobega 6 (Stretch 63); Gabbiadini (Raspadori 81); Felipe (Frattesi 89); Emerson (Jorginho 89)
Not used: Meret, Pfarrer, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.
Roberto Mancini: His Italy side are in turmoil and looked just like that – but even in that state they were good enough to doom England to further misery. 7
Nick Pope – Looked decent in possession which Southgate will like and made some decent stops. No chance at Italy’s goal. 6.5
Kyle Walker – Offers more when used on the right rear. Was mostly comfortable again in central defender but couldn’t mistake Raspadori for Italy’s goal. 5.5
Erich Dier – Back in the national team and hasn’t dashed his hopes of remaining in the squad despite the defeat. Cristante can deny an interception particularly well. 6.5
Harry Maguire – His performance here will have done little to silence growing calls for the Manchester United star to be fired. 5.5