Slap for England before the World Cup: lost to Italy and relegated to the Nations League one date before the end

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* Italy beat England and sent it to the second division of the UEFA Nations League

The UEFA Nations League is experiencing its third edition as a prelude to what will be the long-awaited World Cup in Qatar. The competition that brings together the European teams in three divisions is defining their qualifiers at the final stages, but also those who will lose the category. And in that framework the first bump took place: England descended to Zone B to a final date after falling to Italy and accumulating their fifth game without victories.

Those led by Gareth Southgate arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan with negative statistics that put him in danger and the host gave him the final slap. The Italians, champions of the last European Championship but who failed to get a ticket to the World Cup, won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Giacomo Raspadori, a 22-year-old attacker who arrived at Napoli this season from Sassuolo.

The English team, which was third in the first edition held in 2018-19 and could not qualify for the Final Four in the following season of 2020-21, will now play in the second category for the first time since this championship has been held. His numbers were difficult, especially considering that in two months the expected World Cup event in Qatar will be released.

They lost to Hungary as a visitor (1-0), tied with Germany away from home (1-1), equalized with the Italians in England (0-0) and were beaten by the Hungarians (4-0) at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton before arriving at this instance. To make matters worse, the only goal he scored in the tournament was a Harry Kane penalty two minutes from the end of the game against Germany in a deadly draw.

In the defeat against the Italians on this penultimate date – they will play the last one next Monday vs. Germany– The English presented a formation with important names: Nick Pope; Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker; Bakayo Saka, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Reece James; Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Kane. Luke Shaw and Jack Grealish then entered to try to turn the score around.

The detail is that The Three Lions It comes from being one of the most outstanding teams in the European Qualifiers: they finished in first place in their group with 26 points without losing in ten appearances, with 39 goals for and just 3 against. Behind them were Poland (20), Albania (18), Hungary (17), Andorra (6) and San Marino (0). Only Denmark and Germany – both with 27 – added more points in the qualifiers than the English.

The challenge now for the English is set on Monday, November 21 when they debut in Group B of the World Cup against Iran. They will then face the United States (11/25) and Wales (11/29). After the title in 1966, the most important event on the planet was elusive for the English who only in the 2018 season were able to be protagonists when they finished in fourth place after being defeated by Belgium in the defining duel.

The detail is that this tournament in which the European teams compete in three categories is preparing to receive the ten teams that play in Conmebol in the edition that will start in 2024. Although it has not yet been officially confirmed, it was known some time ago that negotiations between the two federations are on the table to order the calendars with the aim of having Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela.


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