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England condemned to Nations League relegation after dismal defeat to Italy

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It was a night when Gareth Southgate desperately needed a mood-changer, something to restore England’s belief, to shrug off the suffocating narratives that have begun to undermine the team – at exactly the wrong time, with the World Cup on the horizon.

Everybody remembers the 4-0 loss to Hungary at Molineux in June, the ugliest blot on the uninspiring four-game start to this Nations League campaign.

And the away defeat to them – together with the draws against Germany and Italy. And yet there would only be more frustration here at San Siro, more dead-ends, the absence of creative inspiration.

Italy were deserved winners, condemning England to relegation to the second tier of this competition, the decisive moment coming when the fast rising star, Giacomo Raspadori, killed a high ball and felt Kyle Walker give him too much room before wrapping his right boot around a delicious curler that flew into the far corner.

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