Beaten and out.
That best describes the fate England suffered in their 2022-23 Nations League campaign.
Gareth Southgate’s men were relegated from Group A3 after suffering a 1-0 loss to European champions Italy at San Siro last Saturday.
Forward Giacomo Raspadori's magnificent 68th-minute backheel strike broke the deadlock in a game that came to life only after the interval, with England's winless streak extended to five games, their worst since June 2014.
England, who have two points after five matches in the group, went three games without a goal for the first time since November 2000, with the third game in that run also against Italy.
Southgate’s side is on a streak of 495 minutes without a goal in open play, since Raheem Sterling netted against the Ivory Coast last March.
Raspadori, who also plays for Napoli in the Serie A, showed instant control on his strike which gave goalkeeper Nick Pope, playing for the injured Jordan Pickford, no chance to foil it.
England must now wake up from their slump with only 90 minutes of international football left before the World Cup 2022 fires off in Qatar in November.
As it is, time looks to be running out with the biggest football tournament drawing closer and England suffering their worst run of form since 2014.
Their current form is somewhat of a big disappointment as the Three Lions are touted as one of the World Cup favorites.
The relegation meant England dropped out of the elite groups of the UEFA Nations League and they could face a potentially tougher draw in the next Euros.
England’s current anemic form is bringing in more questions than answers.
Now, the Three Lions battle equally-out-of-the-semis race Germany on the last day of group action on September 28 as they aim to bow out on a victorious note. But will the Germans hand them more woes?
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