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Saturday December 7 2019
Big impact for Smalling

Chris Smalling has been a revelation for Roma and never more impressive than neutralising Inter’s Romelu Lukaku, writes Emmet Gates.

England boss Gareth Southgate chose the right game to take a weekend break to Milan and watch Serie A’s most in-form defender, Chris Smalling.

Southgate had obviously heard the good reports emanating out of Italy about Smalling’s performances since arriving in the Eternal City, and with Euro 2020 around the corner, decided to see what all the fuss was about.

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Saturday December 7 2019
Southgate watches Smalling

England boss Gareth Southgate was in the stands during Roma’s match with Inter at San Siro last night to watch Chris Smalling.

The Daily Mirror reports that Southgate, along with assistant Steve Holland, are assessing their defensive options ahead of Euro 2020 and wanted to see the on-loan Manchester United defender in action.

Smalling hasn’t played for The Three Lions since June 2017, but has been impressive since joining the Giallorossi on a season-long loan.

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BLOG ITALIA
Tuesday March 27 2018
England show Italy the way

Italy secured a credible draw with England, but Adam Digby believes Gareth Southgate’s men showed just what the Azzurri should hope to become

England and Italy have had a long history of meetings on the international stage, with the Azzurri often teaching their opponents a sound footballing lesson. From Fabio Capello’s “goal for all the waiters and cooks” in 1973 to Andrea Pirlo’s chipped penalty against Joe Hart at Euro 2012, the Three Lions have often found themselves on the wrong side of history.

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Tuesday March 27 2018
Southgate contests VAR decision

England manager Gareth Southgate admits England risked big against Italy, but wasn’t convinced by VAR on the equalising penalty.

Federico Chiesa had his foot trodden on by James Tarkowski as he ran into a group of players in the box, a spot-kick awarded via VAR and converted by Lorenzo Insigne.

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Tuesday March 27 2018
Southgate: 'England seek stability'

Gareth Southgate explained some of his decisions as England prepare to host Italy in an international friendly tonight.

It kicks off at Wembley at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“We picked the team to keep some stability, as we made good progress the other night, obviously we need to look at other players tonight and it’s a really good test for us,” manager Southgate told ITV.

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Monday March 26 2018
Southgate: ‘Italy won’t be easy’

England manager Gareth Southgate isn’t underestimating Italy - “they won't come to Wembley and roll over”.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, so while this is a warm-up game for the Three Lions, it’s less important for their opponents.

“I don't think they are in as much of a state as some people think,” Southgate warned in his pre-match Press conference.

“They are a proud footballing nation, they won't come to Wembley and roll over.

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Thursday March 15 2018
England name squad for Italy

England have named their squad to face Italy at Wembley, including new faces Nick Pope and Alfie Mawson.

The Azzurri face the Three Lions on March 27, with Gareth Southgate’s men also taking on the Netherlands.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is out with an ankle injury, and Southgate has opted to include a number of new faces in his squad.

Burnley goalkeeper Pope gets a first call-up, as do teammate James Tarkowski and Swansea’s Mawson.

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Sunday February 4 2018
Costacurta: 'Di Biagio option for Italy'

FIGC assistant commissioner Billy Costacurta confirms Gigi Di Biagio could be more than just the interim Italy Coach, but “Antonio Conte has pulled out.”

The Federation failed to elect a new President after Carlo Tavecchio resigned in the wake of Italy’s World Cup exit, so it was placed under the guidance of Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini.

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