England player ratings vs Italy: Kyle Walker blamed in swollen team performance

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England’s poor form continued on Friday night in San Siro with a 1-0 loss 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 approaching.

Matt Law ruled over Gareth Southgate’s men from Wembley.

Nick Pope

The Newcastle goalkeeper, who was preferred to Aaron Ramsdale in the absence of Jordan Pickford, couldn’t be blamed for the goal, but his kicking was erratic. 6

Kyle Walker

Caught by a long ball that enabled Raspadori to turn it around and give Italy the lead with a beautiful shot into the corner of the net. 5

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Eric Dier

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

Harry Maguire

England fans supported his recording by chanting Maguire’s name before kick-off. Relieved to see Scamacca hit the bar after being knocked into the air. 5

Reece James

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

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Declan Rice

Made some crucial interceptions and protected the back three well but was unable to drive forward as he has in the past. 6

Jude Bellingham

This may have been the night Bellingham cemented his place in England’s midfield, but he didn’t reproduce his brilliant Dortmund. 5

Bukayo Saka

From the left wing back, Saka struggled to make much of an impact. Ben Chilwell may have wondered why he wasn’t even in the match roster. 5

Phil Foden

Foden was in brilliant form for Manchester City but failed to catch on in Italy, while England’s attacking balance was still not good. 5

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Harry Kane

Continued despite a mouthful of blood after an air crash. Frustrated twice in quick succession by Donnarumma’s huge frame. 6

Raheem Sterling

Barely seen the ball in a puffy first half performance from England. Won a free kick on the edge of the area at the start of the second period with his only dangerous run. 5

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Jack Grealish

Sent to try and save the game when Southgate went to a back four. Sent a dangerously low cross and gave England a boost. 6

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