Relive the thrilling encounter between England and Italy with the full match replay and highlights. This clash was part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group C, on Matchday 8.
The action kicked off at 18:45 GMT on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, under the watchful eye of referee Clement Turpin from France. The epic battle unfolded at the iconic Wembley Stadium in the heart of London, providing fans with a memorable football spectacle.
England vs Italy Full Match Reports
England secured their berth at UEFA Euro 2024 with a commanding 3-1 victory over Italy at Wembley, where Harry Kane once again showcased his brilliance, boasting an impressive tally of 33 goal contributions in his last 30 appearances for the Three Lions.
Under the guidance of Gareth Southgate, England kicked off the match with a burst of energy, displaying sharp and incisive passing. The early moments saw Marcus Rashford sending a free-kick over the bar from a central position, testing the waters.
Yet, it was Italy that made the breakthrough, and it was Gianluca Scamacca who etched his name on the scoresheet. The former West Ham player, eager for redemption, scored his first-ever goal for Italy, capitalizing on a defensive lapse in the English capital, tapping in a cross from Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
Clearly eager for more, Scamacca narrowly missed the target with a powerful left-footed strike moments later, nearly doubling Italy’s advantage. However, Gareth Southgate’s side needed a response, and it came from a familiar source. After Jude Bellingham was fouled in the box by Di Lorenzo, Harry Kane calmly converted a penalty, netting his 60th goal for England, leveling the score.
Approaching half-time, Gianluigi Donnarumma thwarted Rashford’s close-range attempt, while Jordan Pickford made an outstanding save to deny Destiny Udogie a debut goal for Italy.
The second half started with an emphatic performance from the hosts. Bellingham and Rashford showcased their chemistry, turning the tide of the match. Bellingham’s stellar midfield play led to Rashford embarking on a brilliant solo run and delivering a powerful finish, catching Donnarumma off guard.
England continued to press, with Phil Foden’s quick snapshot being denied by Donnarumma. However, it was Harry Kane who sealed the victory with a display of his world-class finishing ability. He effortlessly shrugged off Alessandro Bastoni and fired a deadly strike past Donnarumma, solidifying England’s place in the finals.
This victory marked England’s first home win against Italy since November 1977 and rendered their remaining qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia inconsequential. On the other hand, Italy faced a rare defeat in an away European Championship qualifier, ending a 22-match unbeaten run that had lasted since September 2006, preventing them from setting a new record. Jude Bellingham was named the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.