England Beat Euro Conquerors in Berne

[Michael Regan]

Italy 1-2 England

A relatively youthful and inexperienced England side recorded an unexpected win over an Italy side of about the same calibre last night in Switzerland. Daniele De Rossi pegged England back, but Roy Hodgson’s team had come to win.

Yesterday, Italy experienced a well deserved victory for their opposition. Daniele De Rossi’s header was no worry for England in the fifteenth minute. Albion were pushing for an equaliser and Phil Jagielka scored it shortly after his 30th birthday. It was a diving header at the back post and it was also his first England goal.

Jermain Defoe was the most experienced attacking player other than the captain on the day Frank Lampard. Defoe was a substitute, and when he came on it was not going to be a regret of Roy’s. As England smartly broke away from Italy on the counter, he turned Ignazio Abate and smashed the ball past Italy keeper Salvatore Sirigu for a late England winner.

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