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Gareth Southgate met with mounting questions as toothless England see struggles continue ahead of World Cup

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ngland suffered the ignominy of relegation in the Nations League following a 1-0 defeat to Italy but more concerning for Gareth Southgate than a potentially tougher route to the next European Championship is his side’s dismal form going in to the World Cup and the wavering support of even England’s travelling supporters.

Giacomo Raspadori’s brilliant 68th-minute strike at San Siro condemned England to a fifth game without a win -- their worst run under Southgate and since 2014 -- and they have just one more fixture to arrest the slump before Iran await in their opening match in Qatar on November 21.

Southgate faced boos and jeers from the casual home support after England’s last outting -- the wretched 4-0 defeat to Hungary at Molineux -- and he was booed by the away fans at San Siro as he went to applaud them at the final whistle.

In a ragged first-half, short of chances at either end, it was difficult to believe that these teams contested a European Championship final just 14 months ago but Italy grew into the game while England faded, and the hosts should have won more comfortably after a flurry of late chances.

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