England were really tested at Wembley against a well drilled and organised Italy, who looked the better side when they were controlling possession for long periods. While England’s forwards struggled to gel in the final third again they faced a formidable Italian defence who made it very difficult to create many clear-cut chances. However, England did have the better goal scoring chances and their opener was well fought for and created by Sterling, who was fouled just shy of the edge of Italian area, Lingard’s quick thinking led to taking the free kick being taken immediately and Lingard laid on Vardy down the right and he smashed the opener in the top right corner.
The VAR system would decide the outcome of the match with a controversial Referee penalty decision for Italy. The German referee deemed that Tarkowski brought down Insigne in the area after consulting the VAR replay and he immediately awarded a penalty, which Isigne coolly slotted away after a nervy wait. In terms of England’s status post friendlies, I think it’s fair to say the jury is still out and their chances of success don’t look good compared to Spain and Brazil, who won both their friendlies in impressive fashion, especially Spain, who thrashed Argentina 6-1 and Isco was the star man on the night after netting his hat-trick!