Manchester City’s English contingent helped England secure their place at next year’s European Championships with a 3-1 win over Italy. City had four starters in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup.
Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Kalvin Phillips all started as England needed to win to book their place in next year’s tournament. England got off to a bad start with Italy taking the lead in the the 16th minute through Gianluca Scamacca. The Italians were causing England trouble in the first half but England would equalise through Harry Kane from the penalty spot in the 31st minute. The game went in tied 1-all at the break.
In the second half, England began with more intent to secure the win. Phil Foden was unlucky not to earn England another penalty after going down in the box. England finally took the lead through Marcus Rashford in the 57th minute after he capped off some fine work from Jude Bellingham. The Three Lions finally booked their spot in next year’s European Championships with Harry Kane putting the game to bed in the 77th minute.
From a City point of view, Phil Foden put in a fine display after being given a spot in the starting lineup. The midfielder was all over the pitch and a constant threat to the Italian defence.
John Stones got through 63 minutes before being substituted. Stones getting through unscathed is a positive for Pep Guardiola as he returns from injury. His presence has been missed by the treble winners this season.
Kyle Walker was his usual self at the back. It was another quality performance from City’s captain. Kalvin Phillips started for England and put himself about before being substituted in the 69th minute. Jack Grealish came on in the 85th minute as a substitute.