England 2 Italy 1

Man­chester United´s Tom Clev­er­ley made his seni­or in­ter­na­tion­al de­but from the start and the pro­mising mid­fielder im­pressed in the middle of the park along wi­th fel­low club team­mate Mi­chael Car­rick and the ever com­posed Frank Lam­pard. To top it all, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur marks­man Jer­main De­foe emer­ged from the dark ob­scur­ity of the substitutes´s bench to notch the win­ner for Eng­land dur­ing the clos­ing sta­ges of the mat­ch. The Itali­ans sco­red fir­st, tho­ugh, as cap­tain and play­maker Daniele De Ros­si head­ed ho­me a cor­ner from Bologna´s Aless­andro Diamanti in the 15th min­ute of the in­ter­na­tion­al friendly fix­ture. Roy Hodgson´s Eng­land hit back af­ter 27 min­utes of play when a Frank Lam­pard cor­ner was met by Good­ison Park de­fender Phil Ja­gielka who­se diving head­er went pa­st Itali­an goal­keeper Sal­vatore Sirigu and in­to the back of the net. But wi­th ten min­utes re­maining on the clock, Man­chester City mid­fielder Ja­mes Mil­ner ev­entually fou­nd sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute Jer­main De­foe on the left hand si­de of the pen­alty area from where the White Hart Lane stri­ker un­leashed a un­stoppable shot in­to the far cor­ner of the net to give The Three Li­ons a fully de­served 2-1 win over La Nazionale in Switzer­land. Eng­land Te­am: Jack But­land, Ga­ry Ca­hill, Kyle Walk­er, Leigh­ton Baines, Phil Ja­gielka, Ash­ley Young, Ad­am John­son, Frank Lam­pard, Mi­chael Car­rick, Tom Clev­er­ley, Andy Car­roll. Sub­stitutes: Ste­ven Caulk­er, Jo­leon Le­scott, Ry­an Ber­trand, Jake Liv­er­more, Ja­mes Mil­ner, Jack Rod­well, Jer­main De­foe, John Rud­dy. Itali­an Te­am: Sal­vatore Sirigu, Ig­nazio Abate, Dav­ide As­tori, Fe­d­erico Balzar­etti, An­gelo Og­bonna, Al­berto Aquilani, Daniele De Ros­si, Aless­andro Diamanti, Stephan El Shaarawy, An­tonio Nocerino, Mat­tia Destro. Sub­stitutes: Mat­tia De Sciglio, Fe­d­erico Pe­luso, An­drea Poli, Ezequiel Sch­el­otto, Marco Ver­ratti, Diego Fab­brini, Man­olo Gab­bi­adini, Daniele Gastaldello, An­drea Con­sigli, Mat­tia Perin.


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