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Townsend’s club-mate, Harry Kane, worked hard but found Italy’s defence too unyielding, especially the superb Giorgio Chiellini, and England’s first-half tactics too limiting. It was only when Roy Hodgson started fielding players in their best position, withdrawing Phil Jones into defence, inserting Michael Carrick into midfield, unleashing Ross Barkley in the hole and at last bringing some width with Townsend that England looked a force capable of troubling Italy.
The first half was pretty wretched for England, who deservedly fell behind to Graziano Pelle’s flicked header. But the second half was a marked improvement. There were proud moments for Ryan Mason, who made his debut, and for his fellow-Spur Townsend drilled in his third goal in his seventh international.
21.56 Roy Hodgson
We had really good control of the game in the second half. Disappointing in the first half, no atmosphere.Phil Jones did well defensively in the first half in midfield. Carrick came on. You need to experiment with these games, and sometimes we might need a Phil Jones type in central midfield rather than a passer like Carrick. We are indebted to Andros. But I haven't forgotten the first half, we cannot allow that to happen. Nothing was good enough in the first half. But, what we did in the second half was an awful lot of what we want. This result keeps the momentum going, a defeat knocks you back, but we are now nine unbeaten and we leave here with our hands held high.
So which unfortunate soul was given a four and "struggled badly, both with his positioning and wayward passing"?
21.52 We'll have a bit more reaction from Turin.
21.42 Andros is a good bloke I reckon. Asked by Gabriel Clarke: "It must have been nice on a personal level to play against Italy, of course you were injured for our World Cup match with them and were working with ITV."
"Yeah it was a nightmare, don't remind me. Erm, I mean not playing, it was good working for ITV and thanks for asking me." heh. Good lad.
FULL TIME: ITALY 1 ENGLAND 1 Always learning, we are here at Team Telegraph. Here are .
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Diamonds aren’t forever The diamond formation that was such a spectacular success against Switzerland in England’s first Euro 2016 qualifying game has failed to sparkle since. Hodgson was forced to ditch the diamond in the clash with Slovenia after England had gone behind and it did not look right in Turin. The Switzerland game would still suggest that the diamond is not worth scrapping completely, but it is also not a system that England can rely on yet.
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