‘The boos said it all’ – England winners, losers and ratings as Three Lions’ winless & scoreless run continues against Italy

Loser: Bukayo Saka

As always with Saka, he did everything he was asked by his manager.

But asking a player who thrives as a right winger to operate at left wing-back is never going to get the best out of him. Saka didn’t do much wrong and was tidy in possession, but he just couldn’t get into the areas enough where he could really cause the Italians problems.

For a player who loves to get forward and cut inside onto his left foot, it must have been an incredibly frustrating night having to consistently track back on the opposite flank.

Saka would have been desperate to impress so close to the World Cup, but barely got a chance to get inside the Italian penalty area.

Loser: Gareth Southgate

The boos said it all.

Southgate has now felt the wrath of England fans for a second consecutive game.

It happened after the defeat by Hungary and it happened again after the full-time whistle at the San Siro.

The Three Lions faithful, who not so long ago were hailing Southgate, appear to have firmly turned on the manager after such a disappointing run of results. Barring a very unlikely triumph in Qatar, it is beginning to feel like his time is up.

Loser: England fans

Southgate has so much talent within his squad, yet he is seemingly unable to get an attacking performance out of them.

As a supporter, you want to go into a tournament with a little bit of belief, but right now it’s very hard to get excited about England’s hopes at the World Cup.

Attacking players are being stifled and deployed out of position and it’s increasingly difficult to watch. It’s now been 450 minutes since England scored a goal, that’s their worst run in 22 years.

If the performance against Germany on Monday night is similar to the one against Italy, then things could get pretty ugly at Wembley.


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