I thought Roy Hodgson started with a young attacking team and went out to win the game starting with four strikers.
After quite an open start England fell behind from a well worked Italy corner which resulted in a shot from outside the penalty box finding its way into he back of the net. As the England fans to continued to show their support England reacted with a great move down the left through Wayne Rooney as he squared it back post for Daniel Sturridge to smash home and send the nation into raptures. England had decent possession and went into the half time break honours even.
The second half started with Italy on the ascendance with their captain maestro Andrea Pirlo pulling the strings. Controversial AC Milan forward Mario Ballotelli scored a great headed goal to cap off the Italian pressure. England huffed and puffed and gave an international competitive debut to wonderkid Ross Barkley and even he couldn’t unlock the defence. Typical Italian defending proved to stubborn and organised for England to punish. Due to this Italy held on for the win. Not the result England hoped for but a very optimistic performance and still leaves us hope of qualifying for the next round.
John McDougall is a partially sighted footballer and plays for England. Find out more about John.
Image from thefa.com