England relegated from UEFA Nations League group after disastrous campaign

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England have been relegated from Group A of the Nations League following their dull 1-0 defeat to Italy at the San Siro.

Gareth Southgate's side knew that another loss in Italy would inevitably mean Group B football for the Three Lions in the 2024/25 campaign. And a third defeat in a hectic 2022 schedule has confirmed their fate with one match still to play at Wembley against Germany.

The damage was ultimately done in a dismal 4-0 showing against Hungary in June, when England suffered their worst defeat since 1928 behind closed doors at Molineux.

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In five group matches, the Three Lions have scored just once, via a Harry Kane spot-kick, while conceding seven goals.

Sitting bottom of Group A3 with two matches to play, Southgate recalled Harry Maguire into the starting line-up but the Manchester United outcast was unable to guide England to victory – as the Azzurri once again dominated proceedings.

England will play Germany in their final match of Group A on Monday (September 26), which will be Southgate's last chance to watch his side before the Three Lions jet off for the World Cup.

The quadrennial tournament kicks off on November 20 with host nation Qatar facing Ecuador. England's opening match against Iran is scheduled for the following day at 1pm (BST).


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