WORLD CUP INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES RESULTS

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Jamie Vardy, England

 

WORLD CUP INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES RESULTS

England 1-1 Italy

 

With an opening goal from Jamie Vardy, England came very close to victory against Italy, only to be denied late on by James Tarkowski’s clumsy tackle on Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne’s easy penalty. England won in Holland and held Italy to give them confidence going into the World Cup 2018 tournament this summer.

 

England 1-1 Italy

 

England goal: Jamie Vardy (26' minutes)

Italy goal: Lorenzo Insigne (87' minutes pen)

 

Jamie Vardy scored past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to record his first goal for England in more than a year, but the Three Lions were denied a second successive friendly victory by a late Italy penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) at Wembley Stadium. England manager Gareth Southgate's side were enjoying their lead given to them by Vardy's powerful 26th-minute finish, fired past new superstar goalie Donnarumma after Jesse Lingard's free-kick caught the visitors out. England looked to be ensuring a confidence-boosting win until a late intervention from VAR. Referee Deniz Aytekin consulted VAR after England debutant James Tarkowski tangled with Italy’s Federico Chiesa, and decided the Burnley defender had stepped on the Italian's foot, allowing Lorenzo Insigne to beat Jack Butland with just three minutes left. The frustrated England side complained emphatically about the award of the spot-kick, but VAR got this one right much to Southgate's frustration as he was clearly unhappy with the penalty decision.

 

England finished the clash frustrated that Italy's late penalty denied them a win they deserved that would have recorded back-to-back victories in these two friendlies that are their last before Southgate names a provisional World Cup squad on 14 May. To their credit, England was energized and motivated in attack, even without the injured Harry Kane. England manager Southgate will be desperate for the Tottenham Hotspur superstar striker to recover fully on schedule from his knee injury. England looked focused and ambitious going forward, but in need of Kane's killer instinct, to pose a serious threat this summer in Russia.

 

Burnley defender Tarkowski conceded the penalty late on in an assured debut. His look of despair as referee Deniz Aytekin awarded the spot-kick was apparent in a frustrating outcome for England. Superb Raheem Sterling must have felt the love of Manchester City and England's fans. Sterling asked supporters to show the team some love before the match and he was warmly applauded by the Wembley crowd after his excellent performance as he was named Man of the Match. Sterling carried his outstanding Manchester City form onto the international stage in the friendly double-header with the Netherlands and Italy. In the first half, his strong running unsettled the Italy defense as he emerged as England's main attacking threat. Sterling stayed on his feet after being fouled twice to create a chance for Vardy and he was brought down again for the free-kick that Lingard took to set the Leicester City striker up for his goal. Sterling has enjoyed a superb season under Pep Guardiola's management at Etihad Stadium. Sterling will be a key player for England in the World Cup.

 

After the match, Southgate said that the VAR decision is not clear and obvious. Referee Deniz Aytekin consulted VAR after Burnley defender James Tarkowski tangled with Federico Chiesa.

 

"I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is 'clear and obvious' and it's not. It's one you can debate all day,” said England boss Gareth Southgate about VAR. "It looks like James Tarkowski stands on him but it's during the running process and he's going down anyway. I think the referee had a good view already. I don't think with incidents like that VAR will clear things up. An obvious handball and stuff like that then maybe - but we have to get on with it."

 

"If VAR is going to turn us over, it's better to happen now. A clear and obviously deserved victory taken away. It's irrelevant whether they think it was a penalty or not. VAR is there for the obvious howlers. This was far from that," said Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter.

 

England have lost only 1 of their last 20 international matches at Wembley Stadium - winning 15. That defeat was by the Netherlands in March 2016 and the Three Lions are unbeaten in 10 games at the national stadium since then. England have only earned 1 win in their last 8 matches against Italy, and have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of the past 7 games.

England Vs. Italy - International Friendly

Raheem Sterling, England, Man of the Match

 

Man of the match is Raheem Sterling who was England’s biggest threat against Italy. He had pace and skill and his direct running troubled Italy all night.

 

Squads

 

Dele Alli was not on the starting squad for either of England's two friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but started both games on the subs' bench, with only a cameo appearance in Amsterdam. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ali is a certainty to be chosen for the World Cup squad and a strong contender for a starting place. Rival Lingard has shown his ability to be a game changer and Raheem Sterling also showed his quality. Alli is still an outstanding talent but he has some serious competition for his place.

 

“We’ve picked the team we have because we want to keep some stability. We made some good progress the other night. Obviously, we need to look at some other players as well, but tonight is a really good test for us. James Tarkowski has done really well with us and his club, and he fits the way we want to play,” said Southgate about his squad choices. “We’ve also got to look at options at center-back: we’re very happy with the players who have played there up until now, but we need to see other guys who could come in. Jack Butland knew he was playing at the end of last week: most of his caps have come away so it’s nice for him to play here. Jesse Lingard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were excellent the other day: they can break forward and score goals. Dele Alli’s not been able to train fully, but of course, he’s a very important player for us. We need a little bit more composure with the final ball, but we’ll create chances and we have the guys who can finish them. We want to finish this week on a high.”

 

Gareth Southgate handed England debuts to James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. Burnley defender Tarkowski lined up on the left of Southgate’s new back three, replacing Joe Gomez and Harry Maguire. Jack Butland took his turn in goal; Ashley Young took the place of Danny Rose at left wing-back; Eric Dier came in for Jordan Henderson, and Jamie Vardy replaced Marcus Rashford up front.

 

Italy made four changes to the side that lost to Argentina on Friday night. Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea took the place of Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi at right back. PSG midfielder Marco Verratti made way for Lorenzo Pellegrini of Roma. Inter winger Antonio Candreva replaced Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa. Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon at 40 years old with 176 caps made way for 19-year-old, four-cap Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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Jamie Vardy, England

 

England

Butland, Walker, Stones, Tarkowski, Dier, Trippier, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lingard, Young, Vardy, Sterling.

Subs: Hart, Pickford, Pope, Rose, Henderson, Maguire, Mawson, Livermore, Lallana, Cook, Alli, Rashford, Welbeck.

 

Italy

Donnarumma, Zappacosta, Rugani, Bonucci, De Sciglio, Pellegrini, Jorginho, Parolo, Candreva, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs: Buffon, Perin, Ferrari, Darmian, Ogbonna, Bonaventura, Verratti, Belotti, Spinazzola, Verdi, Gagliardini, Cutrone, Cristante, Florenzi.

 

FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA RESULTS

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

Russia 1-3 France

Switzerland 6-3 Panama

Hungary 0-1 Scotland

Germany 0-1 Brazil

England 1-1 Italy

Spain 6-1 Argentina

Curaçao 1-0 Bolivia

Japan 1 Ukraine

Tanzania 2-0 DR Congo

Armenia 0-1 Lithuania

Georgia 2-0 Estonia

Kenya 2-3 Central African Republic

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Jamie Vardy, England, celebrates scoring the opening goal against Italy

 

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Jamie Vardy, England, celebrates scoring the opening goal against Italy