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 gone badly for Gareth Southgate’s side.
England failed to win any of their four June meetings and produced a meek response to their 4-0 Molineux rout against Hungary, with Giacomo Raspadori sealing a 1-0 win for Roberto Mancini’s Italy on Friday night.
Sami Mokbel of Sportsmail rated the players.
England’s Harry Maguire did little to silence critics with a nervous display on Friday night.
Gianluigi Donnarumma – A calming influence on his team, particularly as England grew up in the game. Two great saves from Kane. 7
Rafael Toloi – The Atalanta defender – but for a few worrying moments – dealt well with what England threw at him. Relatively unflappable. 6.5
leonardo boucci – But for a few moments, when he called on his experience to deal with England’s largely meek attack, Italy’s hero overcame this. Reserved. 7
Francesco Acerbi – At 6-foot-4, the giant center back was comfortable in the air. He seemed less confident when he was facing Sterling and Foden with the ball at his feet. 6.5
giovanni di lorenzo – Capitalized on a couple of positional errors by Saka, particularly in the first 30 minutes, but couldn’t make England pay. Reserved. 6.5.
Giacomo Raspadori capped off an impressive performance with Italy’s goal
Bryan Cristante – An early challenge on Foden, for which the Italian was lucky to escape a booking, set the tone for Italy’s aggressive start. 6.5
George – Unusually sloppy in possession at times, but the Chelsea man, for the most part, kept the ball moving in midfield. 6
Nicholas Barella – Uneconomical. It offered protection and power to Italy’s rear, but offered little else. He missed too many passes. 5.5
federico dimarco – Offered a decent threat down the Italian’s right side, but was far less diligent in following the errant Foden. 6
Giacomo Raspadori – The 22-year-old attacker is a clear talent, but England’s three-man defense coped well with the threat of the Napoli man. He seems to have 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
England’s Player of the Year Bukayo Saka was wasted in an unknown role at left-back.
Substitutes: Gnote 6 (Scamaca 63); Pobega 6 (Barella 63); Gabbiadini (Raspadori 81); Philip (Frattesi 89); Emerson (Jorginho 89)
Not used: Meret, Vicario, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.
Robert Mancini: Their Italian team is in transition and they looked exactly like that, but even in this state they were good enough to condemn England to further misery. 7
nick dad – He looked decent in possession, which will please Southgate and made some decent saves. No chances with Italy’s goal. 6.5
kyle walker – Offers more when used on the right side. He felt comfortable again at centre-back, but was unable to hold off Raspadori for Italy’s goal. 5.5
eric dier – Back in the international fold and it didn’t hurt his hopes of staying in the squad despite the loss. A particularly good interception to deny Cristante. 6.5
harry maguire – His performance here will have done little to silence mounting calls for the Manchester United star to be sacked. 5.5
reece james – Heir Walker’s throne on the right side of England still needs to show its teeth at this level, but it will go to the top. 6
Jude Bellingham boosted his claims for a title role in Qatar with a serene display
Declan Rice – Like many of his teammates, he had a slow start to the game. He improved, but not enough to get England out of their current malaise. 6
Jude Bellingham – One of the positive points of a tough night for England. It has to start in Qatar. Nothing fazes the child: he has absolutely everything in his locker. 7
Bukayo Saka – He did some work for England in the left-back role, but his talents are wasted in the unknown role. 5.5
sterling rahim – The Italians were clearly petrified by the pace and skill of the Chelsea attacker, but this was a bad night. He remains one of the most important players in England. 5.5
harry kane – Probably had England’s two best chances, but is running out of decent serving as England struggle for creativity. 5.5
Phil Foden – His movement caused problems for Italy, particularly at the end of the first half. He looked like the England player most likely to open the door. 6.5
Pressure is mounting on boss Gareth Southgate after his team failed to score again
Substitutes: Grealish (Saka 72); Shaw (Walker 72)
unused subs: Ramsdale, Henderson, Trippier, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.
gareth southgate: Your team has gone 400 minutes without scoring a goal in open play, and lost… again. It doesn’t look good. 5
Referee: Jesús Manzano (SPA) – A little too anxious with the whistle at times. But there was complete outline of the game. 6.5