England vs Italy match: Gareth Southgate says playing behind closed doors is an ’embarrassment’ for the country | football news

Gareth Southgate said it was an “embarrassment” for England to play Italy behind closed doors in the Nations League on Saturday.

And the Football Association was suspended for two matches, one of which was suspended, following the behavior of the fans before Wembley’s defeat against Italy in the European Championship 2020 final last summer.

Molyneux will attend about 3,000 people this weekend, mostly made up of under-14 schoolchildren who under UEFA rules are allowed free entry to matches played behind closed doors.

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“If it’s an embarrassment, it’s for England as a country,” manager Southgate said.

“A lot of the people who have caused problems I am not sure are football fans.

“We talked about it enough, we talked about it after the final and when the penalty was first issued, what I will say is that the vast majority of our fans who traveled to Germany on Tuesday behaved brilliantly, thank you very much to them because maybe people were thinking something different but they were There is a large majority that was an asset.”

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Wembley fans breached without tickets before the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy last summer

Southgate hints at making changes

Despite having to play four Nations League games at the end of a long season, Southgate insists none of his fit players are capable of playing against Italy, but hinted at making changes from the 1-1 draw in Munich.

“There’s no one we can’t use,” he said.

“We have to think about some of the things we have to see, the freshness of the team as well, I think this is a good match for some of the other players to take part in, it is a high level match and it is a good tag game to show confidence towards the players who go into these games.

“I think if we give players certain types of matches, they won’t find enough information about them and they won’t know enough about the tactical challenge.”

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Phil Foden is back in training with England after recovering from Covid-19

Phil Foden, who was recently crowned Young Player of the Year, trained at St George’s Park on Friday, but remains in doubt as he is recovering from the coronavirus. Calvin Phillips trained away from the group after picking up a dead leg in Germany.

James Ward-Prowse appears in line to start the match against Italy after joining Southgate in the pre-match press conference.

The Southampton captain said: “The coach has highlighted before about seeing certain types of players in different types of games and hopefully if the opportunity presents itself, it is a good opportunity for me to showcase what I can do against a high level of opposition. It will be. Good opportunity I hope you get over a few minutes.

“Everyone is here in the team because they are doing well for their club – and you can see that in the training. The level is very high and, having missed the European Championship team, it was a huge obstacle for me to overcome.

“I see this as a new challenge now, a new opportunity and I think that has given me more motivation before this World Cup announcement that I want to be there, I want to be part of this great group and I hope to repeat the success we had.”

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James Ward-Prowse is likely to start for England against Italy

Southgate: Grealish is a great character

Jack Grealish has started just three of his previous 11 official matches in England and is increasingly becoming an influential substitute under Southgate – but does the Manchester City striker deserve a place to start?

The Three Lions struggled for rhythm in the final third during their draw with Germany until Grealish’s introduction on the left flank 20 minutes from time helped bring in a late equaliser.

Southgate, who challenged Grealish after the match to improve his tactical intelligence if he wants to become a regular international, praised the 26-year-old’s mentality on Friday and insisted he would love to work with him.

“It’s important for all of our players to feel that they understand the way we want to play,” Southgate said.

“We give them structure and prepare them for the games, but within that, with their own talents and talents, we want them to come out. That’s what makes the difference in games.”

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Ahead of England’s Nations League game against Italy, Rob Dorsett discusses whether Grealish is England’s Premier League player or a key player in the tournament.

“Jack had a great impact on the game when he came in. I know he enjoys playing football with us, but he also enjoys football with his club, so I think it’s important to say that. He learned a great deal of participation from a team that won the Premier League, which is It is very important to him.

“He is a player we love to work with. He has a great mentality and a great personality and I think he is a really good guy to be around the group. He enjoys this happiness of having football under his feet, which adds a lot when I see the players in training every day.”

England vs Italy – Opta stats

  • This is the first meeting between England and Italy since the Euro 2020 final last July. The match ended 1-1 before the Italians won 3-2 on penalties.
  • Italy have lost only two of their last 15 matches played against England in all competitions (W7 D6), losing 2-0 in June 1997 and 2-1 in August 2012, both in friendlies. In competitive matches, they lost only once in nine encounters (W5 D3), a 2-0 defeat in World Cup qualifiers in November 1977.
  • England play an international at Molino – home of Wolverhampton Wanderers – for only the fifth time, with the other four coming between 1891 and 1956. A hat-trick and Duncan Edwards score twice.
  • England have won only one of their last five Nations League matches (D1 L3), failing to score on three occasions. Meanwhile, Italy have lost only one of their 12 matches in the UEFA Nations League group stage (W5 D6).
  • England have failed to win their last two matches (D1 L1), only once before have gone three games without a win under Gareth Southgate, in a three-game losing streak between July and September 2018.

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