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The Telegraph:England player ratings vs Italy: Kyle Walker at fault in turgid team performance

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England’s poor run of form continued at the San Siro on Friday night with a 1-0 defeat to Italy. The Euro 2020 finalists are relegated from the top tier of Uefa’s Nations League competition and are without a win in five and without a goal from open play in more than 450 minutes. There are bigger problems, with the World Cup looming.

Kyle Walker of England controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Italy and England at San Siro on September 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy - Getty Images Europe

Kyle Walker of England controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between Italy and England at San Siro on September 23, 2022 in Milan, Italy – Getty Images Europe© Getty Images Europe

Matt Law ran the rule over Gareth Southgate’s men from Wembley.

Nick Pope

Preferred to Aaron Ramsdale in the absence of Jordan Pickford, the Newcastle goalkeeper could not be blamed for the goal but his kicking was erratic. 6

Kyle Walker

Caught out by a long ball that allowed Raspadori to then turn him and give Italy the lead with a stunning shot into the corner of the net. 5

Eric Dier

Given his first England appearance since November 2020, Dier made one vital block at the start of the second half under the watchful eye of his Tottenham coach Antonio Conte. 6

Harry Maguire

England fans backed his inclusion by singing Maguire’s name ahead of kick-off. Relieved to see Scamacca hit the bar after being beaten in the air.  5

Reece James

At least Gareth Southgate learned not to put the Chelsea star on free-kicks in Qatar as he blazed one horribly over the bar in Milan. 5

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Declan Rice

Made some vital interceptions and protected the back three well, but could not drive forwards as he has been able to do in the past. 6

Jude Bellingham

This might have been the night that Bellingham solidified his place in England’s midfield, but he did not reproduce his Dortmund brilliance. 5

Bukayo Saka

Starting at left wing-back, Saka struggled to make much of an impact. Ben Chilwell might have been wondering why he did not even make the matchday squad. 5

Phil Foden

Having been in brilliant form for Manchester City, Foden could not turn it on in Italy with England’s attacking balance still not right. 5

Harry Kane

Carried on despite being left with a mouthful of blood following an aerial collision. Frustrated by the huge frame of Donnarumma twice in quick succession.  6

Raheem Sterling

Barely saw the ball in a turgid first-half performance from England. Won free kick on edge of area at start of second period with his one dangerous run.  5

Substitutes

Jack Grealish

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