Kane’s exceptional performance sets a new record as he defeats Italy in a crushing victory.
Despite being down to 10 men, England showed their grit and determination by securing a hard-fought 2-1 away win against Italy, marking their first victory against the Azzurri on their home turf in over 60 years and a promising start to their UEFA Euro 2024 qualification campaign.
England began their UEFA Euro 2024 qualification campaign in style by scoring an early goal through Declan Rice’s quick reaction, while Jude Bellingham’s near-miss added to the team’s roaring performance, marking a promising start to their campaign.
England’s dominance continued as they were awarded a penalty and Harry Kane converted it to become England’s all-time top scorer, while a missed chance by Jack Grealish left the visitors with a missed opportunity to extend their lead before the break.
Italy came back strong in the second half, with a clever pass from Lorenzo Pellegrini leading to Mateo Retegui’s debut goal, as the Azzurri continued to put pressure on England, who were further hampered when Luke Shaw received two bookings in quick succession.
Despite some late nervous moments caused by Wilfried Gnonto, England emerged victorious against Italy, making Gareth Southgate the third England manager to achieve 50 wins and marking a successful start in what was anticipated to be a challenging Group C, while Italy suffered a disappointing start to their qualification campaign, having lost a home Euros qualifier for the first time since 1999 after missing out on a spot in the last FIFA World Cup.