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Gareth Southgate’s job on the line as England gets relegated in the Nations League

After England suffered yet another humiliating loss to Italy on Friday, which resulted in their relegation from League A of the Nations League, pressure on manager Gareth Southgate is anticipated to rise ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Giacomo Raspadori’s inspirational performance helped Italy defeat England 1-0 in Group A3 of the Nations League and continue Gli Azzurri’s record of six consecutive victories over England.

The player who appeared most focused on getting the game started quickly was Gianluca Scamacca, whose header Nick Pope deflected into the crossbar before the striker’s speculative effort from distance went wide.

Before halftime, neither team was producing many threatening chances. Bryan Cristante’s effort was stopped by Eric Dier, and then Kane’s frustrated shot easily cleared the crossbar.

As the teams returned from the break, the action picked up as Federico Dimarco almost missed finding Francesco Acerbi in the box before Harry Kane had a shot stopped by Leonardo Bonucci.

Soon after, the England captain encountered more difficulty as he was obliged to wait before returning after bleeding from a head collision with Rafael Tolói.

In the 68th minute, Giacomo Raspadori controlled a Bonucci pass behind the Three Lions defense, dribbled past Kyle Walker, and curled a shot just beyond Nick Pope’s reach.

Gianluigi Donnarumma had not been put to the test much throughout the game, but with 30 minutes left, he performed an amazing double-save to stop Kane.

Dimarco hit the post late in the game, but it was not to be, and the score could have been far worse. As a result of the final score of 1-0, England was placed in League B and faced serious questions about their readiness for the FIFA World Cup.

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