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Published 16 November 2023 4 min read
Men's Elite League Squad

Report: England Elite League squad 0-3 Italy

Written by:

Nick Smith

Ben Futcher's team lose in Doncaster as they continue Elite League campaign

England’s Elite League squad suffered defeat in Doncaster on Thursday evening, as they were beaten 3-0 by Italy. 

A first-half goal from Luis Hasa put Italy ahead before two late strikes added gloss to the scoreline and sealed victory for the Azzurrini in front of almost 5000 noisy fans in South Yorkshire.

Much like last month’s defeat to Portugal in Milton Keynes, the scoreline didn’t really reflect the overall picture of the match. 

England started the stronger of the two sides, with an early half-chance falling to Dane Scarlett within five minutes, but the on-loan Ipswich Town striker couldn’t quite adjust his feet in time and saw his effort go wide.  

The game remained fairly open, with England seeing more of the ball without creating too many chances, although Sam Bell and Luca D’Andrea for England and Italy both saw efforts find the side netting from relatively tight angles. 

It took 37 minutes for the game to see its first shot on target and it resulted in Italy taking the lead, as Italian captain Hasa was put through on goal and calmly put the ball beyond a diving James Beadle. 
The Young Lions line-up in Doncaster ahead of their game with Italy
The Young Lions line-up in Doncaster ahead of their game with Italy
The goal came slightly against the run of play, with England’s brightest spark of the night, Samuel Edozie, causing the Italian defence a lot of problems. England’s left winger was fouled recklessly on a couple of occasions resulting in bookings for both Alessandro Dellavalle and Felippo Terracciano. 
England continued to appear the stronger side for large periods of the second half too, albeit without troubling Davide Mastrantonio’s goal too much. 

Archie Gray found himself on the ball more and more on the edge of Italy’s box, whilst Edozie continued to look lively, beating his man on several occasions, without creating any real chances of note aside from a penalty shout which was turned down by the referee. 

But Italy wrapped the game up in the last five minutes, as substitute Filippo Missori headed home a cross from 12 yards out, to put Italy 2-0 up. 

And then only a couple minutes later, Missori rubbed more salt into the wounds as he broke into the box and was clipped at the expense of a penalty. 

Hasa stepped up to get his second and Italy’s third of the night as he sent Beadle the wrong way, coolly slotting the penalty into the bottom right hand corner. 

A 3-0 scoreline certainly flattered the visitors somewhat, but the 4,714 crowd were still full of voice at the full time whistle as the Young Lions now head to Germany for their next game on Monday evening (5pm GMT). 

England: 1 James Beadle (Oxford United, loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), 2 Jadel Katongo (Peterborough United, loan from Manchester City), 3 Lewis Hall (Newcastle United (loan from Chelsea), 4 Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers), 5 Charlie Hughes (Wigan Athletic), 6 Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United) (c ), 7 Samuel Bell (Bristol City), 8 Archie Gray (Leeds United), 9 Dane Scarlett (Ipswich Town, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Alfie Devine (Port Vale, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), 11 Samuel Edozie (Southampton)

Substitutes: 16 Oliver Arblaster (Port Vale, loan from Sheffield United) for Wharton 62, 17 Martial Godo (Wigan Athletic) for Bell 62, 19 Mateo Joseph (Leeds United) for Scarlett 70, 12 Ryan Andrews (Watford) for Katongo 81, 14 Luke Chambers (Liverpool) for Gray 81, 18 Darko Gyabi (Leeds United) for Edozie 81

Substitutes not used: 13 Joe Whitworth (Crystal Palace), 15 Nelson Abbey (Reading), 20 Charlie Webster (Heerenveen), 21 Emran Soglo (Olympique Marseille)

Interim head coach: Ben Futcher

Goals: Luis Hasa 37, 89 (p), Filippo Missori 87