72min: Southgate responds by sending on Grealish and Shaw for Saka and Walker.
71min: James floats a free kick in from the right. Dier can’t get his header on target. Miles wide right.
70min: Walker afforded Raspadori far too much space and time there. None of the other England defenders seemed particularly switched on, either. As things stand, England will be relegated from the top tier.
Out of not very much at all, a wonder goal! Raspadori takes delivery of a speculative pass down the inside-left channel. He brings it down from the sky, takes a touch to the left, drops a shoulder back to the right, sending Walker off to the shops, and whips a sensational shot across Pope and into the right-hand side of goal. One hell of a finish!
66min: A corner on the right leads to another on the left. Dimarco takes. Pope punches clear again, and this time England clear their lines. Bellingham is clipped by Cristante causing Kane to sound off in the referee’s face. A little bit of edge coming into this game.
65min: Di Lorenzo rolls a flat-footed Maguire down the right, drawing a foul. England don’t clear the resulting free kick, and Raspadori ends up shooting from a tight angle on the right. Pope punches out for a corner.
63min: Italy make a double change, replacing Scamacca and Barella with Pobega and Gnonto.
61min: From the corner, Bellingham goes up for a high ball with Barella. The pair collide with Bellingham in mid-air, and the England man falls on his back from him. He’s winded. England claim a foul – it was right on the edge of the penalty box – but both referee and VAR rule it a 50-50 accident. There was no malice on Barella’s part, but it was a clumsy challenge, and you’ve seen fouls given for less.
60 minutes: Kane is sent into space down the right and fires low and hard through the six-yard box. Sterling hopes to get on the end of it by the left-hand post, but Toloi flicks out for a corner, just in time.
59min: Bellingham romps down the middle and sprays a pass wide left for Foden, who tries to find Kane at the far stick. Acerbi gets in the road to flick out for a corner, but the flag goes up for offside.
57min: Raspadori rolls a cute pass down the left for Dimarco, who rolls the ball into the box for Barella. He’s got to score from ten yards, with only Pope to beat, but he slides his effort wide right. What a miss! His blushes are spared when the flag goes up for offside.
55 minutes: Kane takes matters into his own hands and wanders back on anyway. The referee comes across to give him a small bollocking, but doesn’t add insult to injury by booking him for insubordination.
54min: Kane is good to continue, yes, but he’s not been allowed back on yet. He’s fuming, but it looks like he’s still bleeding, and so the assistant ref isn’t allowing him back on.
53min: Replays show Toloi accidentally nutting Kane slap bang in the mouth. There’s a fair bit of blood but the physio mops it up, stems the flow, and the England captain will be good to continue.
51min: James hits the cross long. Kane goes up with Toloi. The ball sails over their heads and out for a goal kick. Kane meanwhile crashes to the floor holding his face on him. On comes the physio.
50 minutes: Kane makes his way down the inside-left channel before hitting a cross-cum-shot that’s deflected out for a corner by Bonucci. James to take.
49min: James tries to whip-curl the free kick into the top-right corner. The ball nestles in the top-right corner of the stand behind.
48 minutes: …but then the game springs to life at last! Dimarco curls viciously from the left. Scamacca can’t quite get on the end of the low cross to fire home. England immediately counter through Sterling, who dribbles down the inside-left channel and draws a cynical foul from Bonucci. A yellow card for the Italian captain, and a free kick in a very dangerous position, just to the left of the D.
46min: A scrappy start to the half, with both teams shipping possession far too easily. It doesn’t bode well.
Italy get the second half underground. There have been no half-time changes.
Half-time postbag. “Dear Christ, this is awful, isn’t it? Two games from a World Cup? Yikes.” Ben Watson there, with an email that reads even more glumly if you come at it from an Italian perspective.
Meanwhile in lieu of meaningful action at San Siro, Kári Tulinius reports: “The first half of Finland v Romania has been decently entertaining. The latter have probably been the better team, but Teemu Pukki is a forward who can reliably shoot the ball hard and hit the target, so despite Romania having more and better chances, the Eagle-Owls lead 1-0. Enjoy the 2nd half!” We’ll try.
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ALSO HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Hungary. Adam Szalai with the only goal so far on 17 minutes. As things stand, Hungary will win Group A3 and make it through to the finals.
The referee blows up on 44 minutes and 59 seconds. You can’t blame him. That wasn’t much of a spectacle. Channel 4 aren’t getting much bang for their buck from this England deal, are they.
43min: Another Foden free kick from the left. This one’s better, towards Rice on the right-hand edge of the six-yard box. Bonucci is forced to eyebrow out for a corner, but that’ll never be taken, because the whistle goes for shoving. Rice really did n’t do too much wrong there, and he looks understandably incensed.
42min: Kane is given an absurd amount of space to run into. He strides down the middle, thinks about passing, thinks again, then blooters over the bar from 30 yards. Donnarumma calmly watches the ball sail away.
40 minutes: Italy push England back. Acerbi threatens down the inside-left channel, but then Foden nips in the road and wins a free kick. The pressure on England is released.
38min: Scamacca knocks a long ball down for Cristante, who creams a first-time shot goalwards. It deflects away from danger, off the back of his own man Scamacca.
37min: Bellingham meets the corner on the edge of the box, but can only send a weak bouncer through to Donnarumma. England have suddenly taken it up a notch.
36min: Bellingham works his way down the right and earns England a corner. James takes. More bagatelle. Dimarco is forced to hack out for another corner on the same side. James to take again.
35min: Free kick for England out on the left touchline. Foden’s free kick is half cleared. James, breaking down the inside-right flank, has a speculative whack. The ball bagatelles its way through the Italy box and out for what should be a corner… but the referee awards a goal kick instead.