Tottenham striker Harry Kane became England’s all-time record scorer as they got their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign off to a flying start by beating Italy 2-1 in Naples. West Ham’s Declan Rice scored too and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal also featured, while Chelsea duo Reece James and Conor Gallagher came on as substitutes. Here’s how we rated the London contingent.
Declan Rice: 7
Scored with a nice close-range finish and was a calm and composed presence for England in midfield, where he did the basics well and closed down effectively.
Bukayo Saka: 8
A terrific display from the Arsenal youngster, who excelled at both ends of the pitch. He delivered a corner for England’s first goal and was involved in creating a great chance for Jack Grealish. Saka troubled Italy on the flank throughout and got through plenty of defensive work too – not least when he sprinted back to hassle Leonardo Spinazzola as the Italian shaped to shoot.
Harry Kane: 8
Great stuff from Kane, who as well as sticking away a penalty led the line brilliantly, linking play and causing Italy problems with his movement. Set up Gealish, who missed a sitter, and a low cross just evaded Jude Bellingham.
Conor Gallagher: 6
Introduced as a late substitute after England were reduced to 10 men by the sending-off of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Gallagher did exactly what he was put on to do and won a number of challenges during his time on the pitch.
Reece James: 6
Came on with his Chelsea team-mate and also competed well during his important cameo.
A bad night for Italy’s Arsenal midfielder, who failed to influence the game before being taken off in the second half.