Italian newspapers react to Gianluca Scamacca and Declan Rice performances as West Ham United duo play in Italy v England
West Ham duo Declan Rice and Gianluca Scamacca played against each other on Friday night as Italy beat England 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League at the San Siro in Milan.
Giacomo Raspadori’s 68th-minute goal was enough for the European champions to beat the Three Lions and consign Gareth Southgate’s side to relegation from Group A.
Italian newspapers have reacted to Rice’s and Scamacca’s performances with Gazzetta dello Sport saying there was “zero” real danger from Rice, 23, with “dirty conclusions” coming from him and Jude Bellingham in the midfield.
Gazzetta dello Sport’s player ratings (print edition, 24 September, page six) sees Rice given a 6/10 rating with the Italian newspaper writing he was often found too wide on the left, keeping himself out of the game.
Scamacca got a 6/10 rating too with Gazzetta saying he was “slow and reactive” and “struggles when he steps back to manage the game”.
Corriere dello Sport says that Scamacca was “exhausted” when he was replaced by Leeds’ Wilfried Gnonto.
England are going into the World Cup in Qatar in horrific form.
Whether or not you care about the Nations League, being relegated from a group containing Hungary is unacceptable and neither is going 490 minutes without scoring a goal from open play.
Italy haven’t qualified for the World Cup and look to be a worse team than the one that beat us in the European Championships final in the summer of 2021.
Yet Southgate cannot find a way to stop his team from leaking goals and nor can he get one of the best attacking units on earth scoring goals.
Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are among some of the best attackers in the world yet they’re unable to get on the scoresheet from open play.
Jarrod Bowen’s form for West Ham this season hasn’t been great but he didn’t even get on the pitch at the San Siro.
Rice’s form has been a worry this term and Scamacca’s fitness didn’t look too great in the Nations League clash.
David Moyes has a lot to work on once the break is over but he’s not quite under the pressure Southgate is.