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With the way we like to play, that's an important factor in the team.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci admits that his struggling nation must look to England as an example of how to reclaim their place among worldwide football's elite. While chances were few and far between for either side, Southgate's men looked hungrier and their passing play was exemplary. We are undergoing a major change and we can not be expected to start winning straight away.

England debutant James Tarkowski was adjudged to have fouled Federico Chiesa inside the area, albeit replays showed the defender appeared to accidentally stand on the substitute's foot. "But we'll still be monitoring everybody between now and the end of the season because there's probably 31, 32 players that would be in contention and none of us knows what will happen in the next eight to ten weeks". Also in Serie A, other than the two or three top teams, the teams play less in Europe and have less experience than many teams in the Premier League. The past stays there.

'I must say, with the experiences we had recently, it's hard to predict because in England we have long championships, players play many games. You can not compare our players born in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 compared to the England players born in the same years.

Friendly matches don't tend to be particularly intense but with a good atmosphere and national teams where players fight for their place on the team, they can turn quite entertaining. I don't think we'll grow so fast. People need to understand that patience is the key.

"There's a lot of objectives really", Southgate said.




Bonucci is seen as the heir apparent to Buffon, who is set to retire from global football this summer. The best chance of the first 20 minutes fell to Immobile however after a sensational cross from Antonio Candreva, but the Lazio striker couldn't guide his close-range header under the crossbar. "He's very good but only 19". Let us know in the comments section below. "I will do all I can to lead this group of players".

England were on course to back up their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Friday and draws against World Cup favourites Germany and Brazil back in November thanks to Jamie Vardy's 26th-minute opener. They impressed at Euro 2016 under Antonio Conte, but under his successor Gian Piero Ventura the Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

He said: "It will be hard".

"It's a great way to go into a World Cup". But there is no point looking back.

Just 90 minutes of worldwide football remains before the Three Lions' boss selects his travelling party, with Italy expected to prove a test sterner than their failure to qualify for this summer's finals might suggest.

The Azzurri's rebuilding process was already underway, with Under 21's boss, Luigi Di Biagio, stepping into the senior role on an interim basis. "I'm always trying to develop", he said. "I believe in myself and believe my time will come". "I can answer when the time comes, not now".


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