Italy 1 England 1

Wayne Rooney

Italy 1 Eng­land 1, Ju­ventus Sta­dium, In­ter­na­tion­al Friendly Mat­ch, Mar­ch 31, 2015. Italy and Eng­land drew 1-1 be­fore an at­tend­ance of 31,000 in Tur­in. Way­ne Roo­ney had an­oth­er good mat­ch for The Three Li­ons, des­pite fail­ing to find the back of the net.

Roy Hodgson´s Eng­land came in­to the fix­ture on the back of a mor­ale boost­ing 4-0 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Qual­i­fy­ing win over the min­nows of Lithuania at Wemb­ley, whi­le An­tonio Conte´s men had ma­naged a 2-2 draw wi­th Bul­garia at the Vasil Levski Na­tion­al Sta­dium in the Bul­gari­an cap­it­al of Sofia in their last quali­fier. In the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween Italy and Eng­land, The Blues had de­feated The Three Li­ons 2-1 in a group sta­ge con­test at Arena da Amazo­nia in Manaus on the 14th of June 2014 in the Wor­ld Cup in Brazil. This time ar­ound, the two coun­tries shared the spoils in an even 1-1 friendly draw at Ju­ventus Sta­dium, wi­th An­dros Town­send can­cel­ling out Grazi­ano Pelle´s open­ing goal. Man­chester Uni­ted and Eng­land skip­per Way­ne Roo­ney al­most pro­vided the vis­it­ors wi­th an open­er in the 20th min­ute, but his de­flec­ted ef­fort hit the bar and in­stead it was the ho­me si­de that broke the de­fens­ive dead­lock when Pelle head­ed a cross by Gior­gio Chi­ellini pa­st Man­chester City cus­todi­an Joe Hart and in­to the goal nine min­utes la­ter. Eng­land ev­entually ma­naged to level the scores cour­tesy of An­dros Town­send, who ham­mered an un­stoppable shot pa­st Gi­an­luigi Buffon in the Itali­an goal and in­to the net from 20 yards out wi­th el­ev­en min­utes left of nor­mal play­ing time, and wi­th no more goals ma­ter­i­al­ising the en­counter ended in a 1-1 draw. Italy Te­am: Gi­an­luigi Buffon, Le­onardo Bo­nucci, Gior­gio Chi­ellini, Mat­teo Dar­mian, An­drea Ranoc­chia, Aless­andro Floren­zi, Marco Pa­rolo, Rob­erto Sori­ano, Mirko Valdifiori, Eder Citadin Mar­tins, Grazi­ano Pelle. Sub­stitutes: Fre­derico Mar­chetti, Sal­vatore Sirigu, Ig­nazio Abate, Luca Ant­on­elli, An­drea Bar­zagli, Emili­ano Mor­etti, Dav­ide San­ton, An­tonio Can­dreva, Franco Vazquez, Marco Ver­ratti, Alessio Cerci, Man­olo Gab­bi­adini, Ciro Im­mob­ile, Si­mone Zaza. Eng­land Te­am: Joe Hart, Nath­aniel Clyne, Chris Small­ing, Phil Ja­gielka, Kier­an Gibbs, Jor­dan Hen­derson, Phil Jones, Fa­bi­an Delph, Way­ne Roo­ney, Theo Wal­cott, Harry Kane. Sub­stitutes: Jack But­land, Rob Green, Ga­ry Ca­hill, Kyle Walk­er, Mi­chael Car­rick, An­dros Town­send, Ry­an Ma­son, Ry­an Ber­trand, Ross Barkley.


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