Italy Player Ratings vs England: Spalletti Pays For Defensive Atrocities

At Wembley Stadium in London, Luciano Spalletti suffered his maiden defeat since taking the reins at the Italian national team. The Azzurri stunned England by taking the lead through Gianluca Scamacca, but Jude Bellingham won a penalty that Harry Kane translated into an equalizer. In the second half, the visitors completely lost the plot as Marcus Rashford put the Three Lions ahead while Kane returned to seal the win by bagging a personal brace. So here are our player ratings for Italy who now find themselves in an uncomfortable spot in the Euro 2024 qualifying group after losing 1-3 to England.

Italy (4-3-3)

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 5.5

The PSG goalkeeper wasn’t truly at fault for any of the three English goals, but Azzurri fans have grown accustomed to his sensational saves on the big stage, but it wasn’t the case this time.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo – 5.5

The Napoli captain delivered the assist for the opener, but his evening went downhill afterwards. Gave away the penalty kick that brought England back to the match, but in fairness, he was desperately trying to cover for his teammates’ blunders.

Giorgio Scalvini – 4

A night to forget for the Atalanta youngster who was arguably the culprit on all three goals. He repeatedly broke the defensive line and went charging forward, a maneuver that proved costly for Italy.

Francesco Acerbi – 5

A tough outing for the Inter veteran who didn’t inspire too much confidence at the back and lost track of Bellingham ahead of the spot kick. Left his place for Bastoni at the hour mark.

Destiny Udogie – 6

A decent full Italy debut from the Spurs youngster who played his part in Scamacca’s goal and caused havoc in the England box on another occasion. But Spalletti decided to replace him with Dimarco in the last half hour.

Nicolò Barella – 5.5

This wasn’t the best performance from the Euro 2020 winner. He often arrived late to the ball and completely faded in the second half.

Bryan Cristante – 5.5

The Roma stalwart had the unpleasant task of marking Bellingham. While he found success at first, the tide turned in the Englishman’s favor as the minutes went on.

Davide Frattesi – 5.5

The Inter midfielder was all over the pitch. But while his work rate is undebatable, his touch was overly poor. He seems to be far from his optimal physical condition.

Domenico Berardi – 5.5

The Sassuolo icon started on a positive note. Picked up Di Lorenzo on the right flank for Scamacca’s goal. However, his impact dwindled as the match progressed.

Gianluca Scamacca – 6.5

The Atalanta bomber smashed his close-range shot into the roof of the goal to give Italy the lead. Had a couple of chances to snatch a brace, but couldn’t direct the ball home. He was hauled off after 60 minutes.

Stephan El-Shaarawy – 5.5

To his credit, the Roma winger worked hard, tracking back to support Udogie and Dimarco on almost every occasion. Nevertheless, he hardly made his presence felt in the final third.


Federico Dimarco – 5.5

The left-back couldn’t leave his mark and enhance the attack as Spalletti would have hoped.

Moise Kean – 6

Not a bad cameo from the Juventus striker who switched from the center to the right and finally to the left. Tried his luck on two occasions

Alessandro Bastoni – 5

The Italy defender Replaced his Inter teammate Acerbi at the back but was hardly an upgrade. Lost track of Kane on the third goal.

Giacomo Raspadori – N/A

Riccardo Orsolini – N/A

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