The Three Lions Edge Out Italy
The Three Lions earned themselves a close victory over Cesare Prandelli´s Italy at The Stade de Suisse Wankdorf in Berne on Wednesday to record their first triumph over The Azurri in fifteen years. The Italian team took an early lead through dynamic midfield man Daniele De Rossi, but ended up losing the contest 2–1 in Switzerland.
Manchester United midfield player Tom Cleverley made his senior international debut from the start yesterday and the promising youngster impressed in the middle of the park along with his fellow club teammate Michael Carrick and the ever composed Frank Lampard. To top it all, White Hart Lane favourite Jermain Defoe emerged from the dark obscurity of the substitutes´bench to notch the winner for England in the closing stages of the match. The Italians scored first, however, as captain and playmaker Daniele De Rossi headed home a corner from Bologna´s Alessandro Diamanti in the 15th minute of the international friendly match. Roy Hodgson´s England players hit back after 27 minutes of play, though, when a Frank Lampard corner was met by Goodison Park defender Phil Jagielka whose diving header went past Italy net custodian Salvatore Sirigu and into the back of the net. With some ten minutes remaining of the encounter, Manchester City midfielder James Milner eventually found second half substitute Jermain Defoe on the left hand side of the penalty area from where the Tottenham Hotspur striker unleashed a unstoppable shot into the far corner to give The Three Lions a fully deserved 2–1 win over Italy. England Team: Jack Butland, Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Young, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Andy Carroll.