England VS Italy Today Football Match Live Score 11/06/2022
An empty Molineux plays host to a repeat of the Euro 2020 final on Saturday evening, as England face off against Italy in the UEFA Nations League.
The Three Lions salvaged a 1-1 draw against Germany in their most recent League A Group 3 encounter, while Roberto Mancini’s side scraped past Hungary 2-1.
During one of the more one-sided meetings between old foes Germany and England in recent years, Gareth Southgate’s men failed to give the greatest account of themselves as they sought to recover from their flat opening loss to Hungary.
Hansi Flick’s side took a deserved lead through Jonas Hofmann’s smart turn and finish just after the restart, but Nico Schlotterbeck’s trip on Harry Kane handed the Three Lions skipper to rack up a half-century of goals for his country from the penalty spot, and he did just that.
Kane now only needs four more strikes to surpass Wayne Rooney at the top of the all-time England charts, but fourth spot is where the Three Lions currently find themselves in League A, which would signal an unexpected relegation to League B should performances continue in the same vein.
Questions over Southgate’s tactics inevitably arose as England went back-to-back games without a win for the first time since September 2018, and not since the most recent World Cup year have the Three Lions suffered a longer streak without success in any competition.
An empty Molineux will not have the same feel to it as a packed-out Wembley, but the hosts have gone 15 games without defeat on English soil, and Italy’s XI is a stark contrast to the side which lifted the continental crown in London 11 months ago.
The youthful Azzurri crop performed valiantly to claim a point of their own versus Germany on matchday one, but some more recognisable names came up with the goods to ensure that the reigning European champions would get on the board against Hungary.
Nicolo Barella and Luca Pellegrini got on the scoresheet before Gianluca Mancini’s own goal gave the Hungarians a slice of hope, but the Azzurri held out to put their first win on the board in the tournament, although it should arguably have been far more comfortable.
Italy have now leapfrogged Marco Rossi’s side to the top of the standings as they endeavour to progress to the finals for the second cycle running, and lifting the Nations League trophy would at least offer some consolation after another disheartening World Cup Qualifying failure.
The Azzurri’s victory against Hungary represents just their fourth triumph from 12 games in all competitions since their Euro 2020 success, while they have also now gone five games without keeping a clean sheet and must harness their away-day specialities if they are to glean a positive result in England.
Indeed, Italy have not lost a single game away from home since September 2018 – a 1-0 loss to Portugal in the Nations League – but no fans will be present at Molineux following the ugly scenes of crowd trouble before Mancini’s side defeated England on penalties in the Euro 2020 showpiece event.
European soccer powers square off on Saturday in the United Kingdom. England takes on Italy in a UEFA Nations League match of great intrigue. Italy toppled England in the 2020 European Championship final. The Three Lions aim for revenge as a result, with Italy seemingly entering a new era of its squad.
Kickoff from Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists England as the -112 favorite (risk $112 to win $100) in its latest England vs. Italy odds. Italy is a +325 underdog, a 90-minute draw is priced at +240, and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any England vs. Italy picks or UEFA Nations League predictions, be sure to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green is saying.
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There will be about 3,000 people in attendance at Molinuex, largely under-14 schoolchildren who, under Uefa rules, are allowed free admission to fixtures played behind closed doors.
There was a similar situation last Saturday when England faced Hungary, who had been ordered to play three games behind closed doors as punishment for discriminatory behaviour by their fans at Euro 2020.
But there was more than 30,000 spectators at Budapest’s Puskas Arena, mainly schoolchildren, and England’s players were jeered by the crowd as they took a knee.
Speaking about the incidents at Wembley last July, Southgate said: “A lot of the people that caused the problems I’m not certain were football fans. We spoke enough about it, we spoke about it after the final and when the punishment was first given.”
And he praised fans who travelled to Germany this week for England’s first game in Munich since their memorable 5-1 World Cup qualifying win in 2001.
“What I will say is the vast majority of our fans who travelled to Germany behaved brilliantly,” he said.
“A big thank you to them because maybe people were thinking something different but there were a huge majority who were a credit.”