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Live Reporting

Emlyn Begley and Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's the end of this live text now, thanks for joining us tonight.

    Read about England's defeat by Italy and their Nations League relegation.

    Or read about Gareth Southgate's upbeat attitude to it.

    See how you rated the players.

    Find out about Hungary's famous win over Germany.

    See what else is up for grabs in the Nations League.

  2. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    England have not beaten Italy in their last six meetings now - two defeats and four draws.

  3. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Leonardo Bonucci made his 117th senior appearance for Italy, moving him ahead of Andrea Pirlo (116). Only Gianluigi Buffon (176), Fabio Cannavaro (136) and Paolo Maldini (126) have played more games for the Azzurri.

    Bonucci set up tonight's winner in a good performance at the back.

  4. 'Performance has to be better and cohesive'

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Matt Upson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I think the performance has to be better and cohesive in terms of how the team are going to play together. The movement, understanding and those little partnerships that you operate in different passages.

    Having to do too much when you've got the ball all the time, it's hard work. I think the players will eventually start to look tired a little bit. When it's going well. it just falls into place.

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    Danny Morgan: Southgate really thinks that performance was 'step in the right direction'? We literally offered nothing. At least be honest.

    Craig Williams: England under Southgate = Wolves under Lage, clueless going forward. Stats are there for all to see

  6. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Matt Upson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    There weren't any leaping mistakes or errors from Maguire. He doesn't look particularly mobile or fit enough at the moment. But if he is not playing, he's a big guy. I think mobility is always that question mark on Harry Maguire when he's really fighting, fit and at his best.

  7. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Italy are unbeaten in all eight home Nations League matches (W3 D5). It is the most a side has played at home in the competition without losing.

  8. Southgate understands boos from fans

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Alex Howell

    BBC Sport at San Siro

    More from Gareth Southgate: "It's really difficult to pinpoint why we are not scoring. I think we are getting into the right areas. We had the moments where we would have the pass but we just didn't deliver that final piece of quality tonight.

    "I understand the reaction at the end because that's the results we have had in this competition. It’s an understandable emotional reaction."

  9. 'Performance is a step in the right direction'

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Alex Howell

    BBC Sport at San Siro

    England boss Gareth Southgate: "It's difficult for me to be too critical of the performance. We had more possession, more shots, more shots on target.

    "For large parts of the game we played very well. We didn’t deal with the decisive moment defensively. We had moments where we had the chance to be decisive in their final third which our quality wasn't quite right.

    "It’s a spell where ultimately results are going to be the thing that everyone reacts to but I thought there were a lot of positives for us as a team tonight.

    "Lots of good individual performances. I personally thought the performance is a step in the right direction. I completely understand because of the result that is not going to be the reaction."

  10. 'A step in the right direction'

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    England boss Gareth Southgate is in his post-match news conference. We'll have the best of the rest of the quotes once we get them...

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    Mark Burt: Declan Rice isn’t just wrong, he’s delusional. England aren’t just stuck in 1st gear, the handbrake is on and the immobiliser engaged.

  12. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    The last time before tonight England failed to win in five competitive games in a row was October 1992.

  13. 'It was like a Roy of the Rovers manoeuvre in our own half'

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Andros Townsend

    Everton midfielder on 5 Live

    The biggest frustration was how deep England were as a collective and group. They need to be a bit higher up to start with so when you regain possession, you are already in the midfield third or final third. When England regain possession, Italy win their own half. It was like a 'Roy of the Rovers' manoeuvre to even get out off our own half.

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    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Italy are the only side England have faced more than once under Gareth Southgate but never beaten (P4 D3 L1).

  15. 'They weren't creating that space'

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Matt Upson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I thought the distances and the angles especially in wide areas weren't quite right. They weren't pulling off each other in the right angles and creating that space. The movement wasn't there.

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    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    England are one of only two nations yet to score a non-penalty goal in the 2022-23 Nations League... along with San Marino.

    Incidentally that is who England's last competitive goal from open play was against.

  17. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Do you share Declan Rice's confidence there?

  18. 'We are going to come good'

    Italy 1-0 England


    England midfielder Declan Rice speaking to Channel 4: "It's obviously disappointing. Every tournament we go into, we set out to win. In the Nations League we have slipped below our standards but I didn't think it was all bad tonight.

    "It's coming. It was a much better performance tonight than we saw in the summer.

    "It's not that we're not creating the chances. I see it in training. There are goals for fun.

    "Trust me, we are going to be good."

  19. Post update

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    England have gone three games without a goal for the first time since November 2000, with the third game in that run also against Italy.

    They are on a run of 495 minutes without a goal in open play, since Raheem Sterling netted against the Ivory Coast in March.

  20. Southgate booed?

    FT: Italy 1-0 England

    Alex Howell

    BBC Sport at the San Siro

    As Southgate went over to applaud the away fans it sounded like he was booed by a large portion of the traveling support.

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