England edged out Italy to secure a spot in the next year’s continental tournament.
England defeated Italy 3-1 in their Euro qualifier on Tuesday. A second-half comeback was enough to ensure the Three Lions’ home victory.
Italy started the game on the front foot despite England’s push for an early goal. The Azzurri scored the opener through Gianluca Scamacca in the 15th minute, but England gradually took control of the game.
Harry Kane made it 1-1 by converting a penalty two minutes past the half-hour mark, setting the stage for his side’s excellent second-half display.
Just 12 minutes after the break, Marcus Rashford rifled a fantastic low shot into the back of the net to make it 2-1. Italy went on the offensive, pushing to escape defeat at Wembley.
However, that only created more space for England’s forwards. Kane then completed his brace to secure the hosts’ victory in the 77th minute. The visitors failed to convert their chances to get back into the game in the final ten minutes.
England: Pickford (6); Walker (6), Stones (6), Maguire (7), Trippier (6); Phillips (5), Rice (6), Bellingham (8); Foden (6), Kane (8), Rashford (7).
Bench: Guehi (6), Henderson (6), Grealish (5).
Italy: Donnarumma (6); Di Lorenzo (5), Scalvini (6), Acerbi (6), Udogie (5); Barella (6), Cristante (6), Frattesi (5); Berardi (7), Scamacca (7), El Shaarawy (6).
Bench: Bastoni (6), Dimarco (5), Kean (6), Raspadori (6), Orsolini (-).