On Tuesday night at the famous Wembley Stadium in London, England defeated Italy 3-1 to secure qualification for Euro 2024 and gain a measure of revenge for their loss to the Azzurri in the Euro 2020 final.
Harry Kane’s Brace and Rashford’s Goal Lead Three Lions to Victory
England captain Harry Kane scored two goals while Marcus Rashford added another as the Three Lions overturned an early deficit to record a 3-1 victory. Italy had taken the lead through Gianluca Scamacca, but Kane’s brace and Rashford’s clinical finish allowed England to enact some payback for that painful loss on penalties at the same stadium just over two years ago. In addition, you can also read an article on- UK and Ireland to Co-Host Euro 2028, Bringing Major Football Tournament Back to British Isles
Result Puts England Top of Group C While Italy’s Hopes Remain Uncertain
The win saw England clinch first place in Group C with 16 points from six matches, securing their spot at next summer’s Euros in Germany. Italy, meanwhile, remains stuck on 10 points from six games, three points behind second-placed Ukraine.
With two matches left for Italy in November, the Azzurri likely need four points from games against North Macedonia and Ukraine to grab the second automatic qualifying spot. If they fail to do so, it would mean missing a second straight major tournament after their shock failure to reach the World Cup as well. For the four-time World Cup winners and reigning European champions, such an outcome would represent a disastrous failure. Additionally, you can also read about- Messi Comes Off Bench in Argentina’s World Cup Qualifier Win Over Paraguay
Jude Bellingham Shines Again for England
While Kane grabbed the headlines with his goals, 20-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham was again instrumental for England. Bellingham won the penalty for the opening goal and provided a superb assist for Rashford’s strike. The Borussia Dortmund starlet has been in scintillating form for his club this season, and his maturity andquality at international level belies his young age. England manager Gareth Southgate heaped praise on Bellingham, saying “his mentality is incredible for his age.”
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