Italy 1-1 England

A draw was probably a fair result in a game of two halves; Italy controlled the game in the first half, with England coming more into match in the second half. Pelle scored a great deft header in the first half and substitute Andros Townsend levelled for England with a 20 yard thunderbolt with about 10 minutes left. There were few genuine chances in the game, but the best ones fell to Italy; if either team deserved a win, it was them.

The substitutions made by England improved the performance. Barkley had several strong runs that drew in Italian defenders and created problems, whilst Carrick provided some balance to the team that was lacking when Jones was playing in midfield. England looked at their best when playing with pace and running with the ball. However, this took too long to happen and still resulted in few clear cut chances. There also remain questions about England’s ability to retain the ball, with Delph being particularly culpable of giving the ball away. Whilst a draw in Italy is a good result, there was very little tonight to suggest that England will be genuine contenders to win Euro 2016.

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