Player ratings: Maguire struggles again as Southgate also endures a tough night in Milan

England suffered relegation from the Nations League’s top flight after a tepid defeat to Italy which raises further concerns ahead of the winter World Cup.

Among the favorites to triumph in Qatar after reaching the semi-finals four years ago and the Euro 2020 final, things have gone wrong for Gareth Southgate’s side.

England failed to win any of their four June games and produced a meek response to their 4-0 Molineux drubbing against Hungary, with Giacomo Raspadori sealing Roberto Mancini’s Italy a 1-0 win on Friday night.

Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel rated the players.

England’s Harry Maguire did little to silence his critics with a nervous display on Friday night

ITALY (3-5-2)

Gianluigi Donnarumma – A calming influence for his team, especially as England grew into the game. Two great saves from Kane. 7

Rafael Toloi – The Atalanta defender – although in some worrying moments – coped well with what England threw at him. Relatively unshakable. 6.5

Leonardo Bonucci – But in moments when he called on his experience to cope with England’s largely meek attack, the Italy hero cruised through it. Ordered. 7

Francesco Acerbi – At 6ft 4in, the giant centre-back was calm from the air. He looked less confident when faced with Sterling and Foden with the ball at their feet. 6.5

Giovanni DiLorenzo – Benefited from a couple of lapses in position from Saka, particularly in the first 30 minutes, but couldn’t make England pay. Ordered. 6.5.

Giacomo Raspadori capped an impressive display with the winner for Italy

Giacomo Raspadori capped an impressive display with the winner for Italy

Bryan Cristante – An early challenge on Foden, for which the Italian was lucky to escape a booking, set the tone for Italy’s aggressive start. 6.5

Jorginho – Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at times, but the Chelsea man mostly kept the ball moving in midfield. 6

Nicolo Barella – Uneconomical. Offered Italy’s rear guard protection and energy but offered little else. Misplaced too many passes. 5.5

Federico Dimarco – Offered a decent threat down the Italian’s right, but was far less diligent in tracking the wandering Foden. 6

Giacomo Raspadori – The 22-year-old attacker is a clear talent, but England’s back-three coped well with the Napoli man’s threat. Looks to have a bright future 7.5

Gianluca Scamacca – West Ham’s summer signing had the best of Italy’s opportunities in the first half, but showed little composure in front of goal. 6.5

England's player of the year Bukayo Saka was wasted in an unfamiliar left wing-back role

England’s player of the year Bukayo Saka was wasted in an unfamiliar left wing-back role

Subs: Gnoto 6 (Scamacca 63); Pobega 6 (Barella 63); Gabbiadini (Raspadori 81); Felipe (Frattesi 89); Emerson (Jorginho 89)

Not used: Meret, Vicario, Zerbin, Grifo, Gabbiadini, Esposito, Bastoni.

Roberto Mancini: His Italian side are in transition and they looked just that – but even in this state they were good enough to doom England to further misery. 7

ENGLAND (3-4-3)

Nick Pope – Looked decent in possession which will please Southgate and made some decent stops. No chance with Italy’s goal. 6.5

Kyle Walker – Offers more when used at right back. Was mostly comfortable at centre-back again but couldn’t contain Raspadori for Italy’s goal. 5.5

Eric Dier – Back in the international fold and did his hopes of staying in the squad no harm despite the loss. An interception to deny Cristante particularly good. 6.5

Harry Maguire – His performance here will have done little to quell the growing calls for the Manchester United star to be dropped. 5.5

Reece James – The heir to Walker’s throne on England’s right still needs to show teeth at this level – but will go all the way to the top. 6

Jude Bellingham pressed his claims for a starting role in Qatar with a composed display

Jude Bellingham pressed his claims for a starting role in Qatar with a composed display

Declan Rice – Like many of his teammates, the game started slowly. He improved – but not enough to shake England out of their current malaise. 6

Jude Bellingham – Some of the positives out of a tough night for England. Must start in Qatar. Nothing fascinates the kid – he has absolutely everything in his closet. 7

Bukayo Saka – Did a job for England in the left-back role, but his talents are wasted in the unfamiliar role. 5.5

Raheem Sterling – The Italians were clearly petrified by the Chelsea forward’s pace and skill, but this was a bad night. Is still one of England’s most important players. 5.5

Harry Kane – Probably had England’s two best chances, but are starved of decent service as England struggle with creativity. 5.5

Phil Foden – His movement caused Italy problems, especially at the end of the first half. It seemed the England player was most likely to unlock the door. 6.5

Pressure is mounting on boss Gareth Southgate after his side failed to score again

Pressure is mounting on boss Gareth Southgate after his side failed to score again

Subs: Grealish (Case 72); Shaw (Walker 72)

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Henderson, Trippier, Coady, Ward-Prowse, Tomori, Mount, Bowen, Alexander-Arnold, Abraham.

Gareth Southgate: His team have now gone over 400 minutes without scoring a goal from open play – and lost…again. It doesn’t look good. 5

Judge: Jesus Manzano (SPA) – A bit too eager with the whistle at times. But had full outline of the game. 6.5

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