Blow for England ahead of the World Cup: lost to Italy and relegated to the Nations League

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* Italy beat England and sent them to the second tier of the UEFA Nations League

That UEFA Nations League is living 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 three divisions It defines its classifieds in the last instances, but also those that will lose the category. And it was in this frame that the first bump took place: England were relegated to Zone B on a final date after falling to Italy and collect yours fifth winless game.

Those led by Gareth Southgate arrived Giuseppe Meazza Stadium from Milan with negative stats that put him in danger and the hosts gave him the final push. The Italians, champions of the last European Championship, who didn’t get a ticket for the World Cup, They won 1-0 thanks to Giacomo Raspadori’s goala 22-year-old attacker who joined Napoli from Sassuolo this season.

The England team, who finished third in the first edition in 2018/19 and failed to qualify for the Final Four in the following 2020/21 season, now failed to qualify play in the second category for the first time since this championship was held. His numbers were difficult, especially considering that the expected World Cup event in Qatar will be announced in two months.

They lost to Hungary as visitors (1-0), drew against Germany away from home (1-1), drew against Italy in England (0-0) and lost to Hungary (4-0). Molineux Stadium of Wolverhampton before this case comes about. To make matters worse, the only goal he signed in the competition it was a Harry Kane penalty two minutes from time of meeting Germany in an agonizing draw.

Losing to the Italians on this penultimate date – the last they play 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 over.

The detail is that The three lions It is one of the most outstanding teams in the European Qualifiers: finished first in their group with 26 points without losing in ten appearances, with 39 goals for and only 3 goals conceded. They were followed by Poland (20), Albania (18), Hungary (17), Andorra (6) and San Marino (0). Only Denmark and Germany – both at 27 – have picked up more points than England in all qualifiers.

The challenge for the English is now on Monday November 21 when they debut in Group B of the World Cup against Iran. You will then face each other United States of America (25.11.) already Welsh (29.11.). After the title in 1966, the most important event in the world was elusive for the English, who could only be protagonists in the 2018 season, when they finished fourth after losing to Belgium in the decisive clash.

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

The next day will determine the four teams that will contest the Final Four in June 2023. Croatia, Spain, Hungary and the Netherlands They lead their respective groups, although everything will be confirmed in the games that will take place in the coming days. After what happened to England, other key teams are at risk of losing the category: France – the last champions – can be relegated on Sunday if they don’t beat Denmark and Austria beat Croatia at home.

At the same time in the second division Scotland, Israel, Bosnia and Norway would get passage to the first divisionbut there are still some points at stake that will finish shaping the panorama.

The performance of the countries in this championship is not a detail as it will be crucial for the Euro 2024 qualifier to be played in Germany.


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