Harry Kane scored a historic purpose for England as they claimed a slender 2-1 win over Italy on the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples. The win helped the Three Lions get off to an ideal begin in Group C, and was their first in Italy since 1961.
Following their disappointing quarterfinal exit by the hands of France on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, England have been taking part in their first worldwide match. Their opponents have been Italy, a facet that defeated them within the closing of Euro 2020 at Wembley. The match was held in Naples because the Azzurri returned to the town for the primary time in a decade.
England appeared superior from the primary whistle, with Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Kalvin Phillips bossing the sport in opposition to the Italian trio of Jorginho, Marco Verratti and Nicolo Barella in midfield. The Three Lions deservedly went in entrance via the West Ham captain after solely 13 minutes. The midfielder was available to complete from contained in the field after a Harry Kane try was blocked.
The Three Lions exuded management within the sport, with the Italians left chasing shadows in entrance of their very own followers. With half-time approaching, England acquired their second purpose of the sport.
Harry Kane acquired up for a header on the again publish, just for Napoli right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo to dam his try along with his hand. The VAR awarded the penalty to England, and their captain Kane stepped as much as fireplace previous Gianluigi Donnarumma to internet his 54th purpose for his nation within the forty fourth minute. The Tottenham Hotspur striker has now develop into his nation’s document goalscorer, eclipsing the document of 53 objectives beforehand held by Wayne Rooney.
There was time for extra drama as Kane arrange Jack Grealish on the stroke of half-time. The Manchester Metropolis man failed to attain regardless of having a gaping internet in entrance of him, and the scores remained 2-0 on the break. The house followers booed their gamers as they headed into the interval.
Italy emerged for the second half extra energised as they appeared for methods to punish their guests. It took solely ten minutes of the second half for the Azzurri to drag one purpose again via Argentina-born striker Mateo Retegui. The debutant fired an effort previous Jordan Pickford after clumsy defending from Harry Maguire.
Italy improved after their purpose, however have been unable to discover a well beyond England. The Three Lions ended the sport with ten males after Luke Shaw acquired two yellow playing cards in fast succession. The primary got here for time-wasting within the 78th minute earlier than he acquired a second two minutes later for a rash problem.
England held on for a deserved win on a record-breaking night time for Harry Kane. They inflicted a primary defeat in Euros qualifying on Italy in 41 video games and a primary house defeat in Euros qualifying since 1999. The Three Lions will face Ukraine subsequent at Wembley on Sunday.