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England secured their place at UEFA Euro 2024 with a spectacular 3-1 victory over Italy, in a rematch of the Euro 2020 final that put immense pressure on the visitors. The win not only guarantees England’s spot in next summer’s tournament in Germany but also secures their top spot in Group C.

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The Italian side initially threatened to spoil the celebration when Gianluca Scamacca, a former West Ham striker, scored his first goal in Azzurri colors with a strike on 15 minutes, putting Italy in the lead.

However, England responded with determination. Harry Kane, who had already netted his 60th goal for his country, leveled the score with a penalty just past the half-hour mark, following a foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Jude Bellingham.

During the second half, England dominated the game, taking the lead in the 57th minute with a brilliant counter-attacking goal, with Marcus Rashford capitalizing on an assist from the impressive Bellingham.

Kane sealed the victory 13 minutes from time, showcasing his strength, guile, and pace as he outwitted two Italian defenders before calmly beating Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The result keeps England atop Group C with 16 points, three ahead of Ukraine, who have played one more game. Italy currently sits in third place with 10 points.

England’s Group C campaign will conclude in the November international period with a home match against Malta, followed by a trip to North Macedonia. Italy will host the Macedonians before visiting Ukraine, a crucial clash in the battle for second place.

Talking Point: England’s resounding victory over Italy not only secured their spot in Euro 2024 but also showcased their strength as one of the tournament’s main contenders. This performance was particularly sweet, considering Italy had defeated England in the Euro 2020 final at the same stadium just two years ago. Young talents like Jude Bellingham once again stood out, adding to the excitement among supporters. As they booked their place with two games to spare, England now has the opportunity to experiment with their lineup and prepare for a strong showing in Germany next year.

Player of the Match: Harry Kane (England) This was a close call between Kane and Bellingham. Kane played a pivotal role in England’s best moments, contributing to the buildup leading to the penalty and creating opportunities for his teammates. He remained focused during a lengthy VAR check for the penalty and showcased superb solo skills to secure qualification in the second half.

Player Ratings England: Pickford 8, Walker 8, Trippier 8, Stones 8, Maguire 8, Rice 8, Phillips 6, Bellingham 9, Rashford 8, Foden 7, Kane 9*. Substitutes: Guehi 6, Henderson 6, Grealish n/a.

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