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Emma Sanders

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  1. Post update

    That's all from me today.

    I swear a day doesn't pass by that I don't repeat the words VAR with frustration numerous times... Sigh.

    But England's performance was encouraging for large parts and Gareth Southgate has his work cut out selecting a squad for the World Cup.

    Before you go, make sure you read the full match report from our chief football writer Phil McNulty who was at Wembley.

    See you again in June when England take on Nigeria.

  2. Defensive streak ended - the stats

    England 1-1 Italy

    England have lost just one of their last 20 internationals at Wembley (W15 D4)

    England have only managed one victory in their last eight matches against the Azzurri (D4 L3) – failing to keep a clean sheet in six of the last seven.

    Lorenzo Insigne's penalty was the first goal England have conceded in 10 hours and 24 minutes of football (624 minutes).

    Jamie Vardy scored his first England goal since March 26th 2017 vs Lithuania - 366 days ago.

    Five of England's last eight goals have been scored or assisted by Man Utd players (Rashford – 1 goal, 2 assists, Lingard – 1 goal, 1 assist).

  3. Lionesses squad announced

    Earlier today Phil Neville announced his England women's squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Captain Steph Houghton and vice-captain Jordan Nobbs return from injuries while Reading goalkeeper Mary Earps and uncapped Arsenal striker Beth Mead also make the squad.

    You can check out the full squad here.

    Steph Houghton and Jordan Nobbs
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    John: Seriously football is a funny old game, everyone knows if it was role reversal then every England fan in the country would have been saying it was a stone wall penalty.

    Spindley: He STOOD ON HIS FOOT. Anywhere else that's a foul. If the boot had trodden on the other foot, and England had been awarded a penalty, would VAR be being questioned so much?

  5. 'Walker a natural at centre-back'

    England 1-1 Italy

    Jermain Defoe

    AFC Bournemouth and England striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    I think we could go that way, with Kyle Walker at centre back. He said he has played there before and he looked like he played there his whole career. He's got the right attitude, he wants learn. Looks like a natural there to me.

  6. England opponents impress in victory

    Tunisia 1-0 Costa Rica

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service in Nice

    England's World Cup opponents Tunisia really impressed me tonight.

    Comfortable on the ball, positive and well organised, they totally outplayed Costa Rica. Former Sunderland attacker Wahbi Khazri was the goalscorer and star man. He may not have made a great impact in the Premier League but he is the player England have to be wary of. Everything goes through him. He had license to roam the attacking third of the pitch. Naim Sliti also looks sharp.

    Having said all that Costa Rica were very poor and offered very little. They didn’t seem at it at all.

    But a positive night for Tunisia and two wins out of two in this international break.

  7. 'Got to take decision on the chin'

    England 1-1 Italy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    England defender Kyle Walker on BBC Radio 5 live:

    On playing centre back: Centre back is a new position for me but I am confident playing there I do virtually the same for Manchester City. I played there for England U19 and a bit for Sheffield.

    The manager said early on he wanted to see me there, as long as i'm on the plane, that's all that matters.

    On the penalty decision: It is what it is. It will go for us and against us. You've got to take it on the chin. We looked more dangerous than against Holland but know we have things to work hard. We have to get behind the manager and philosophy and hopefully that will put us in good stead for the World Cup.

    Kyle Walker
  8. World Cup warm-up result

    It's all over in Madrid as Spain thrash Argentina 6-1. Isco scored a hat-trick. I think maybe - just maybe - Argentina could have done with Lionel Messi.

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    Daran: Disappointed with Rashford when he came on some poor touches. Definite penalty unfortunately.

    Tim: We definitely missed Kane! Sterling worked hard and played well, but apart from the goal we never really looked like scoring.

    Paul: At least we didn't lose to Spain 6-1 like Argentina. Stop the moaning.

  10. 'A good work out for England'

    England 1-1 Italy

    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 live producer

    VAR and Vardy grab the headlines as Italy ended England's run of 5 successive clean sheets. Insigne converted the late pen after VAR intervened.

    This was a good work out for England and the ideal test that Gareth Southgate wanted. Italy posed problems as England struggled to deal with the high press early on. Positives include the display of Raheem Sterling who had a fine game. Adam Lallana had a useful run out in the 2nd half but no Dele Alli who wasn't able to train fully this week.

  11. 'This is how you'll win the World Cup'

    England 1-1 Italy

    England have still got a long way to go but Comedian John Bishop thinks he knows how they can win the World Cup.

    He tries to help coach Gareth Southgate and the England football team with their preparations for this summer’s World Cup finals by taking them back to the spirit of 1966 with comical consequences.

    Watch John Bishop's Sport Relief sketch on BBC iPlayer now.

    John Bishop
  12. Post update

    England 1-1 Italy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    - After the last two games, where do England stand going into the World Cup?

    - How important is Raheem Sterling to England?

    - And VAR once again rears its head – was it a penalty?

    Call 08085 909693 or tweet @5LiveSport to put your questions to Jermain Defoe and Chris Waddle.

  13. 'It's not clear and obvious'

    England 1-1 Italy

    England manager Gareth Southgate speaking to ITV on VAR: "I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is 'clear and obvious' and it's not. It's one you can debate all day.

    "It looks like James Tarkowski stands on him but it's during the running process and he's going down anyway.

    "I think the referee had a good view already. I don't think with incidents like that VAR will clear things up. An obvious handball and stuff like that then maybe...but we have to get on with it.

    On England's performance:"In the first five minutes we were very sloppy and gave the ball away in our penalty area but then we settled down and created more chances.

    "Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jesse Lingard did well running from midfield and Jamie Vardy scored a really good goal."

    Gareth Southgate
  14. 'Thought England would win comfortably'

    England 1-1 Italy

    Chris Waddle

    Ex-England winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Italy were great first half, but after England scored a lot of Italy heads drop. 2nd half, Italy didn't come out and I thought England would get a couple more goals and win comfortably.

    But give Italy credit, They got themselves a penalty and played well towards to the end.

  15. 'It's never a penalty'

    England 1-1 Italy

    England debutant James Tarkowski speaking to ITV on the penalty decision: "I stood on his foot but I didn't think a lot of it. It is what it is - I’m not going to complain. It's been a great experience this week.

    "Its never a penalty," he added.

    "It would have been nice to have two wins but I think there's a lot of positives to take. We look forward to the World Cup now."

    James Tarkowski
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    James: Well, they’ve proved VAR can ruin friendlies too. Never a penalty. Can’t wait for its inclusion in the World Cup.

    Thom: how on earth was that a penalty. A very well taken one, yes. But it shouldn't of been

    Neil: You just have to love VAR

  17. World Cup warm-up latest

    Well now. WELL NOW.

    Spain lead Argentina 6-1. Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas latches onto a long David de Gea punt to score - and then seconds later sets up Isco for his hat-trick goal. Scenes.

    Live text of that game is here.

  18. Lineker isn't happy

    England 1-1 Italy

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  19. 'It was a fair result'

    England 1-1 Italy

    England goalscorer Jamie Vardy speaking to ITV: "We started off strongly in the first half and created lots but in the second half Italy started pushing on and had a few chances themselves so all-in-all I think it was a fair result.

    [James Tarkowski] has done brilliantly. It's his first cap and he's settled straight in. The game showed that we could defend as a unit and we had chances in attack which will take care of itself. We will see how far we can go [in the World Cup.]

    Jamie Vardy