Jamie Vardy, on target against Italy, will also carry a goal threat.
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For a contentious late VAR decision, England manager Gareth Southgate would have been planning his next World Cup steps on the tail of back-to-back wins over two major footballing powers, draws against two more and a run of six successive clean sheets. Lorenzo Insigne's penalty to earn Italy a 1-1 draw at Wembley skewed those stats, not the underlying theme – namely that England are proving adept at keeping teams out, though still struggle with their penetration.Southgate is realistic enough to not invest too much hope on the back of friendlies but he will at least be finalizing his World Cup squad from a position, if not of comfort, then at least not panic.
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