England made history on Wednesday night as they beat Italy 2-1 in Turin. A late header from substitute Harry Kane secured the victory and sent a message to the rest of Europe; England are back. Let's take a look at how each player fared during the match.
Jordan Pickford was everywhere across the 90 minutes, making two incredible saves with his feet in the first half to deny Italy any chance of taking an undeserved lead into half-time. He continued his strong form throughout, never looking flustered despite facing some of Europe's top attackers.
The young backline of Trippier, Gomez, Stones and Chilwell worked extremely hard all evening long, sticking sticks in every attempted pass or shot by Italy's attacking force. They successfully maintained a high defensive line for most of the game, pushing up when necessary to prevent any dangerous counter attacks.
Alli and Dier provided an effective shield for what was an inexperienced back line and did not allow too much time nor space for Italy whenever they had possession on their side of the field. Jordan Henderson was influential in midfield when it came to connecting play between defence and attack, ensuring that England were always just one pass away from kickstarting their next attack.
Raheem Sterling led the line with ease against some truly world-class defenders, showing off his full repertoire of skills while also managing to stay composed even when put under pressure by experienced opposition players. His goal was well taken but he will lament his missed opportunities for further goals throughout the match.
Harry Kane could not have asked for a better introduction than heading home an absolute peach from Rashford in injury time - securing a memorable win over European giants like Italy is no small feat! His leadership throughout the game was also admirable while he ran himself into submission chasing down every last ball floating through midfield.
Leave a Reply.