England Secures Euro 2024 Spot with Bellingham's Sublime Performance

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England Secures Euro 2024 Spot with Bellingham’s Sublime Performance

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England secures Euro 2024 spot with Harry Kane’s double leading a remarkable comeback, defeating reigning champions Italy 3-1 at Wembley on October 17.

Needing just one point to ensure their qualification for the upcoming tournament in Germany, Gareth Southgate’s squad initially fell behind to Gianluca Scamacca’s early goal. However, guided by an outstanding performance from Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, England bounced back to equalize before halftime, courtesy of a Kane penalty.

Bellingham, with his characteristic attacking drive, won the penalty, and the 20-year-old talent was also the force behind Marcus Rashford’s decisive goal in the second half. Harry Kane further solidified his importance to the England team, scoring again late in the game, marking his 61st goal for the Three Lions.

With two group matches left, unbeaten England, winners of five out of six qualifiers, are assured of topping Group C, which was considered the toughest qualifying group based on seedings. Gareth Southgate lauded his players, describing them as incredibly dedicated and eager to learn, qualities evident in their relentless performance even after falling behind early.

In contrast, Italy, who failed to qualify for the previous year’s World Cup, faces a tense battle for the second automatic qualification spot in the group. Luciano Spalletti’s third-placed team is three points behind Ukraine, although they are assured of a playoff spot.

The path to major tournaments has not been a concern during Southgate’s tenure; it’s about winning England’s first international men’s trophy since the 1966 World Cup, which will define his reign. England has gained some revenge for their Euro final loss to Italy by defeating them twice in the group, and Southgate believes this team is more complete than the one that lost in the Euro final.

With stars like Kane and Bellingham, the expectations are high, and there are no excuses for not bringing home the silverware from Germany. England showed their mettle by recovering from an early setback that allowed Italy to take the lead. Bellingham played a crucial role in equalizing with a penalty awarded after a VAR check, which Kane converted. Bellingham’s remarkable performance continued as he set up Rashford’s goal, and Kane sealed the victory.

In the 77th minute, Kane snatched the ball from Giorgio Scalvini and coolly finished, confirming England’s qualification for Euro 2024 with a memorable win over the reigning champions.

Reference

https://www.wionews.com/sports/football-england-qualify-for-euro-2024-as-sublime-bellingham-shines-648199

https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/12986659/the-verdict-bellingham-steals-the-headlines-as-england-qualify-for-euro8217s

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