England relegated to Nations League with loss to ‘worst Italian side in living memory’ to pressure Gareth Southgate ahead of World Cup as alarming stats emerge

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England suffered relegation to the Nations League with a 1-0 loss to Italy at the San Siro on Friday night.

The Three Lions have failed to win any of their five matches in League A Group 3, raising serious concerns ahead of the World Cup in November.

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England did not bounce back in Milan

Italy was deprived of a number of key players

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Italy was deprived of a number of key players

Napoli star Giacomo Raspadori scored a stunning 68th-minute winner, taking a fine touch before curling a right-footed effort into the far corner.

Gareth Southgate’s men picked up where they left off in June and delivered another dull display.

England have failed to score from open play in 450 minutes and look a far cry from the team that made the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and Euro 2020 final.

Relegation to League B will have consequences on the ranking and qualification for major tournaments.

The defeat was inflicted by an Azzurri side missing 13 players and described as “the worst team in living memory” by journalists before kick-off.

talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot said: “This is an Italian team described by local media as the worst in living memory.

Southgate's England are in a rut ahead of the World Cup

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Southgate’s England are in a rut ahead of the World Cup


“They are without 13 players. But they run England.

Meanwhile, Three Lions legend Stuart Pearce criticized Kyle Walker’s defense for the Italian goal.

Pearce told talkSPORT: “He pulled it off beautifully. But Kyle Walker should have done a lot better to deal with the danger.

“We let it run and it’s an amazing finish.”

England face Germany in their final game on Monday before starting their Qatar 2022 campaign against Iran on November 21.

Hungary, who many believed would finish last in Group 3, emerged as the group winners with a 1-0 victory over the Germans.

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