International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • England
  • Italy
  • Insigne (P)
  • Young
  • PellegriniGagliardini
  • StonesHenderson
  • Walker
  • LingardCook
  • VardyRashford
  • ImmobileBelotti
  • TrippierRose
  • Oxlade-ChamberlainLallana
  • CandrevaChiesa
  • 1st Half
  • England
  • Italy
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Vardy

England - Italy
International friendlies - 27 March 2018

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Full time: England 1-1 Italy That's it. A good night's work for England, tarnished slightly by Insigne's controversial late penalty. We'll have a full match report on the site shortly.


It's a frustrating end to the international break for England but on the whole it's been very encouraging.


There will be five minutes of added time.


Shearer is right - even if you think it was a penalty, the original decision was a corner and it certainly wasn't a clear and obvious error from the referee.


England will feel they have been VARed. Tarkowski did stand on Chiesa's foot but a fair tackle had already been made by another England defender, and I'm not sure Tarkowski attempted to tackle Chiesa at all. It looked a lot worse in slow motion.

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    Goal by penaltyLorenzo InsigneItalyGOAL! England 1-1 Italy (Insigne 87 pen) Insigne slams an emphatic penalty into the bottom left corner. England aren't happy at all.

GOAL! England 1-1 Italy (Insigne 87 pen) Insigne slams an emphatic penalty into the bottom left corner. England aren't happy at all.


The players from both sides are having a full and frank exchange of views before the penalty can be taken, I'm not sure what that's about.


PENALTY TO ITALY! Tarkowski is penalised for fouling Chiesa. I think that's pretty soft


VAR ALERT! I take that back, the referee is going to check the video, so this may be a penalty for Italy.


Chiesa surges into the area before being tackled simultaneously by three England players. The referee checks VAR for a penalty but all Italy get is a corner.


Young slides off the field injured, then rolls back on so that play cannot continue. The referee books him. I bet that ref is fun at parties.


Italy are starting to threaten. Bonucci's driven pass over the defence is pulled down smartly on the stretch by Bellotti, only for Dier to appear from behind him to make a vital interception.


Another Italy change, with Gagliardini replacing Pellegrini.


Great play from Italy! Insigne plays the ball square to Jorginho and surges into the area. Jorginho dinks a sublime return pass over the defence, and Insigne volleys a cross-shot this far wide of the far post.


The game is starting to peter out, as friendlies often do. Apart from that dozy start to the game, England have been pretty impressive.


Insigne curls the free-kick a few yards wide of the far post. Butland had it covered.


Jordan Henderson replaces John Stones, so Eric Dier will drop into the back three.


England are down to 10 men for the time being, with Stones off the pitch. Walker is penalised - and booked - for pulling Pellegrini down just outside the box.


Two more England changes: Marcus Rashford and the debutant Lewis Cook replace the goalscorer Jamie Vardy and Jesse Lingard.


Stones is wiped out by a cross from Zappacosta, which whacks him straight in the face. He's receiving treatment but looks okay.


Some intricate football from England ends with Sterling sidefooting high over the bar from 17 yards.


Italy make another change, with Andrea Bellotti replacing Ciro Immobile.


After playing on the break from much of the first half, England have really dominated since half-time. There's plenty to like about this team going into the World Cup. I know this is a big call, but we shouldn't rule out the possibility of them reaching the quarter-finals before losing on penalties to Portugal.


Sterling places a long-range shot straight at Donnarumma.


Young, who has moved to right wing-back, wins a corner for England and then runs over to take it. It's headed clear to Lallana, whose long-range shot is easily saved by Donnarumma.


A double change for England - Lallana and Rose replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trippier.


At the other end, Immobile's long-range shot is comfortably saved by Butland.


After a fine England break, Oxlade-Chamberlain slams a rising shot from distance that is saved by Donnarumma.


Italy make a change: Chiesa on, Candreva off.


Brilliant block by Bonucci! That was fine play from England. The superb Sterling, on the left of the box, picked out a perfect pass to Young, who slalomed past his man and whacked a low shot that was crucially blocked by the stretching Bonucci.


Who would you pick? Eh?


England have started the second half much better than they did the first, and at the moment they are dominating the match.


Walker sprays a fantastic crossfield pass to Young, who is dispossessed. There's a lot to like about Walker in this new role.


Insigne slips away from Walker on the left of the box but Trippier covers well.


England start the second half with a long spell of possession. Their confidence to keep the ball in dangerous areas is admirable, even if they do occasionally lose it.


Here, we go again.


Half time: England 1-0 Italy England lead through Jamie Vardy's rasping drive in the 26th minute. It's been an enjoyable, open game, with England recovering well from a sleepy start to the match.


Sterling has been very lively on the break, and at the moment he looks nailed on to be the second striker at the World Cup if Gareth Southgate sticks with this 3-5-1-1 system.


Young is a bit lucky to escape a booking for an old-school tackle on Zappacosta.


Oxlade-Chamberlain is booked for hoofing the ball away in frustration.


After a nervous start, England have been excellent in the last 20 minutes.


Lovely play from England! Sterling leads a counter-attack, surging at the defence before finding Young. He tries to guide a low crossshot towards the far corner, and it takes a slight deflection off an Italian defender before drifting just wide.


England have been bright and imaginative with the ball tonight. I doubt Gareth Southgate will be happy with a slightly dozy defensive performance, however.


Young's corner leads to a scramble in the box, with Tarkowski's snapshot blocked by a defender in the six-yard box.


After a good move from England, Oxlade-Chamberlain stands up a deep cross that is headed behind by Candreva.


Immobile dances confidently into the England area and hits a low left-footed shot that clips a defender and drifts just wide of the far post. Butland had it covered. From the resulting corner, Parolo wafts over from distance.


England have been playing like the away side for much of the game, hitting Italy on the counter-attack. It's been a good game and, though the scoreline flatters England, they have looked dangerous in attack.


Vardy has a habit of scoring against the big sides and that was a cracking finish, which gave Donnarumma precisely 0.00 per cent chance. It was smart play from Lingard too, who was very alert to the possibility of the quick free-kick.


GOAL! England 1-0 Italy (Vardy 26) Vardy smashes England into the lead. Lingard took a quick free-kick to find Vardy, who took the ball in his stride and hammered a rising shot past Donnarumma.


Vardy's low shot is saved by Donnarumma. It was a decent chance, made by a nice through pass from Sterling.


It's been a sobering start for England, who have been second best to Italy and could easily be 3-1 down. Or even 3-0.


What a chance! Immobile completes a hat-trick of missed opportunities, heading over from six yards after a lovely cross from Candreva. That was a sitter.


Trippier and Young have switched wings. Don't ask me why.


It's an intriguing match, with Italy pressing England high up the pitch. England are still trying to play out from the back, despite that early Stones fiasco.


On the plus side, Vardy has touched the ball tonight.


Great tackle from De Sciglio! Tarkowski threaded a beautiful pass into Lingard, who pushed it through towards Vardy. He was in the act of shooting when De Sciglio came round the side to make a brilliant and probably goal-saving block tackle.


This has been a good start from Italy, who look confident and busy in possession.


The corner finds its way to Tarkowski, who loops a header onto the roof of the net. It wasn't much of a chance. Replays suggest Stones fouled Immobile before making that last-ditch tackle, and Italy should have had a penalty.


Some good possession from England ends with Tripper's cross going behind for a corner.


Another chance for Immobile! Stones dithers on the ball just outside his own area, pausing to admire his own technique, and loses the ball. Immobile moves into the box and is about to shoot when Stones makes a desperate and excellent recovery tackle.


A very early chance for Italy. Immobile is all alone in the box, but dithers over the shot and is dispossessed by the recovering Stones.


Italy get the match underway. They are in blue, England are in white. And yes, they are using VAR tonight.


There's a minute's applause in tribute to Jimmy Armfield, Cyrille Regis and Davide Astori, who died this year.


Jamie Vardy will be hoping to touch the ball tonight: he played 22 minutes on Friday without doing so.


It's nearly time for kick-off at Wembley. Any predictions? I'll go for England 2-1 Italy.


James Tarkowski is the 1,231st man to play for England. If you can name all 1,231, you are encouraged to seek medical help at the earliest convenience.


This is England's last friendly before the end of the season. They have scheduled warm-up matches against Nigeria and Costa Rica in early June before they head to Russia.


England are chasing a sixth consecutive clean sheet tonight, which would equal their record.


It looks certain that England will start the World Cup with a back three - and, perhaps, with Kyle Walker as the right centre-back. You'd think John Stones is a guaranteed starter, but tonight is a great chance for James Tarkowski to stake a claim for the left-sided position.


Would Andy Carroll make the cut for the World Cup if you were England manager? You can pick your squad with our funky interactive.


Jermain Defoe models England's new World Cup kit.


A World Cup without Italy doesn't really compute, but that is what's going to happen and their starting XI helps explain why. Though it's solid enough, there is little stardust. The days when they could leave Roberto Baggio out of the squad seem a long time ago, partially because they are a long time ago.


Burnley defender James Tarkowski makes his debut for England, who again include Kyle Walker as part of a back three. That's an intriguing experiment. Ashley Young also makes his first England start since 2013. I'll let you judge how intriguing a selection that is.


The teams are in. England (3-3-2-2): Butland; Walker, Stones, Tarkowski; Trippier, Dier, Young; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lingard; Sterling, Vardy. /// Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Zappacosta, Bonucci, Rugani, De Sciglio; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Parolo; Candreva, Immobile, Insigne.


Hello and welcome to live coverage of England’s friendly with Italy at Wembley. It's part two of Fallen Giants Week for Gareth Southgate's side. England were quietly impressive in beating the Netherlands 1-0 on Friday; now they face another superpower that failed to qualify for the World Cup. We’ll have team news shortly, with kick-off in an hour.