Remember back in June when England lost 4-0 to Hungary? We wouldn’t blame you if this awful result had been forgotten.

Well, England resumed where they left off, with another defeat on Friday night. The Three Lions were beaten by an Italy side who failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The result meant England have been relegated from the UEFA Nations League group, a humiliating circumstance for manager Gareth Southgate to preside over.

It’s hardly the ideal preparation for the upcoming World Cup, with pressure rightly building on Southgate ahead of the tournament.

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Manchester United’s winners

Two Manchester United players have emerged as winners from England’s poor result, without even playing in the match.

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were left out of the squad, the latter through injury. And both of them are better off for being sidelined from this current mess.

None of the players in front of them took their chance; England have now failed to score a goal in open play in this UEFA Nations League group, en route to relegation.

Pressure will now build on Southgate to mix up his selection for the World Cup, and bring in Rashford and Sancho.

How can a manager lead possibly such an ineffective group, leaving two of the country’s best forwards at home?

Southgate can’t afford to leave either player out – but if he does, that’s his problem. Both Rashford and Sancho may be better off out of it.

Their reputations have only benefitted from being no part of this current England team over the past few months.

Manchester United’s losers

Unfortunately this was a nightmare result for Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who continues to set unwanted statistics.

The 1-0 defeat means Harry Maguire has played four games for club and country this season, and lost four.

Gareth Southgate said before the game he would stake his reputation on Maguire, The Independent reported.

This sounded like a dangerous move, and proved to be one. England have been relegated, with Maguire racking up an unwanted fifth relegation on his CV for club and country.

Luke Shaw was also involved for the final 18 minutes of the game as England pushed to equalise, but had no impact. He will hope for an opportunity against Germany next week.

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