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England 3-1 Italy Player Ratings – England were definitely the more in-form side going into the game, and even after going behind early on, they never lost their self-belief. Gareth Southgate’s side rode on the impressive chemistry between their front four and kept building up clever attacking moves to make the Italian players lose their nerve.
In the end, a few deft finishes to well-worked moves helped them get a big win to qualify for the Euro 2024 with two more qualifiers in hand. Gli Azzurri had an impressive start to the game and looked confident early on, but could not withstand the onslaught from the hosts. A few poor defensive errors saw them easily concede the game to the Three Lions and unable to replicate their heroics from the Euro 2020 final.
England captain Harry Kane achieved one impressive feat after scoring a brace in the win. He has now scored 24 goals at Wembley for the Three Lions in his international career and has overtaken Bobby Charlton to become the England international with the most goals scored at the iconic stadium.
England 3-1 Player Ratings
10′ – Udogie is booked for a cynical foul on Foden.
12′ – Rashford’s powerful free-kick curls just over the bar.
15′ (Goal) – Scamacca meets Di Lorenzo’s cross to convert from close range.
23 – Scamacca creates shooting room just outside the box, but his shot goes wide.
27′ – Bellingham’s weak header is easily saved.
29′ – Bellingham earns a penalty for England after being brought down in the box by Di Lorenzo, who is booked.
32′ (Goal) – Kane sends Donnarumma the wrong way to convert the penalty.
36′ – Stones makes a crucial last-ditch clearance to deny Italy another goal.
44′ – Rashford gets past his man but sees his shot saved.
45+2′ – Udogie cleverly makes his way into the box to force a solid save from Pickford. The rebound attempt is blocked.
51′ – Phillips’ powerful shot blazes over the bar.
57′ (Goal) – Bellingham powers his way into the Italy half before playing in Rashford, who darts into the box before unleashing a lethal shot in the goal.
62′ – Scamacca’s shot on target is easily saved.
67′ – Foden skips past his marker to unleash a powerful shot that is saved.
77′ (Goal) – Kane slips past Scaldini to go through on goal before slipping a shot past the onrushing Donnarumma.
90+3′ – Kean gets into the box but sees his shot blocked by Guehi.
Star Man – Jude Bellingham – 8.5/10
Bellingham continues his amazing start to the 2023/24 season and lit up the atmosphere in Wembley with his irresistible force on the ground. The Englishman constantly kept the opposition players on edge, making some amazing runs to burst past his marker and get the ball into the key attacking areas.
Jude Bellingham for club and country this season:
➖ 13 games
➖ 11 goals
➖ 5 assists
Unstoppable 😤 pic.twitter.com/MmSbjTsTxD
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 17, 2023
He cleverly won the penalty leading to the equalizer after a brilliant run into the box to steady the nerves. Bellingham continued to drive his side forward with his admirable runs and then powered past a few players to set up Rashford’s goal as well. Involved in the majority of England’s brightest moments in the game, doing his defensive work impressively and being a delight to watch with the ball in his feet. Received a standing ovation from the Wembley faithful for his amazing display.
England Player Ratings
Jordan Pickford 6.5/10 – Showcased impressive reflexes with a few sharp saves to frustrate the visitors.
Kyle Walker 6/10 – Kept things tidy on the right and made some exciting forward runs.
John Stones 6/10 – Won a few key duels and made a vital clearance towards the end of the first half.
Harry Maguire 6.5/10 – Disciplined and proactive, coming up with some important challenges to avert trouble. Justified his start.
Kieran Trippier 5.5/10 – Lacked the creative threat in an unnatural position and outwitted before Italy’s goal.
Declan Rice 7/10 – Full of energy and read Italy’s moves brilliantly to win back the ball in key areas.
Kalvin Phillips 5.5/10 – Didn’t really do much to protect his backline and was overly aggressive with some challenges.
Jude Bellingham 8.5/10 – Commanded as England’s driving force, carrying the ball forward impeccably well and playing huge roles in two goals.
Phil Foden 6.5/10- Moved around in a menacing fashion and had a few shots saved.
Marcus Rashford 7/1-0 – Frustrated in the first half, but lit up after the break. Made some fantastic forwards and gave England the lead with an emphatic finish.
Harry Kane 8/10 – The England captain always kept moving to trick the defenders and also helped link up nice moves. Converted his penalty perfectly and then forced a sloppy error for his second goal.
Marc Guehi 7/10- Helped England maintain a sturdy defensive shape and played a part in setting up the third.
Jordan Henderson 6/10- Brought more drive to England’s midfield to stop Italy from moving the ball through central areas.
Jack Grealish – N/A
Italy Player Ratings
Gianluigi Donnarumma 5.5/10 – Made a few nice saves to bail out his defenders. Couldn’t do much for the penalty and outwitted for the other ones.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo 6/10 – Added a lot of attacking threat and created the opening goal with a clever assist. Worked hard defensively but was ultimately undone by Rashford & co.
Giorgio Scalvini 5/10 – The young defender learnt quite a few lessons from Kane, being outwitted him on multiple occasions.
Francesco Acerbi 5.5/10 – Struggled against England’s movement and failed to neutralize Kane’s threat.
Lesley Udogie 6.5/10 – Did a decent job of keeping Foden quiet and looked threatening carrying the ball forward.
Bryan Cristante 5.5/10 – Cristante failed to neutralize Bellingham’s threat and was unable to stop England from driving through midfield.
Davide Frattesi 6/10 – Moved the ball forward nicely to help build up some decent attacks, but not that bright defensively.
Nicolo Barella 6/10 – A proactive figure in midfield and won a few key battles, but was often boxed out in attacking areas.
Domenico Berardi 7/10 – Tormented England with his clever movement on the right and set up a bunch of chances, but none were created.
Stephan El Shaarawy 5.5/10 – Carried the ball forward nicely but his final product wasn’t totally convincing.
Gianluca Scamacca 7/10 – Produced a poacher’s finish for the opening goal and ousted the England defenders with a few more attempts.
Alessandro Bastoni 5/10 – Failed to keep Kane quiet after coming on and caught in no-mans-land for his second goal.
Federico Dimarco 5.5/10 – Unable to add any creative threat and failed to restrict England’s moves through his side.
Moise Kean 5.5/10 – Couldn’t really test Pickford as much as his coach had hoped for.
Giacomo Raspadori – N/A
Riccardo Orsolini – N/A
England 3-1 Italy Player Ratings – The final word
England was just too powerful for an inexperienced Italian side, and got some degree of revenge for the bitter Euro 2020 final defeat that they suffered at the hands of Gli Azzurri two years ago. With the win, the Three Lions have now easily qualified for Euro 2024 and continue to prove their pedigree as one of the overwhelming favourites for that campaign. Luciano Spaletti’s men still have a lot of work to do and need to win their remaining two qualifying games to book a ticket to the tournament in Germany next year.
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