Townsend Scores As England Draw With Italy

EnglandTottenham winger, Andros Townsend, came off the bench to produce a late equaliser for England in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin on Tuesday.

Southampton striker, Graziano Pelle’s header looked to have put Italy on course for victory in the first-half of the friendly against England.

The English side on the other hand, struggled to get to grips with the changes made by manager, Roy Hodgson, after Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier win against Lithuania.

By the introduction of several substitutes, the Tottenham winger’s rising 20-yard drive 11 minutes from time, gave England a draw in the second-half.

Hodgson’s side then ended the game on top and only a fine save from Buffon stopped England captain, Wayne Rooney – who had earlier hit the bar – from adding to his total of 47 goals for his country and closing even further on Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 49.

The experiment of using Phil Jones in midfield failed miserably and he reverted to defence when Chris Smalling went off ill just before half-time.

Correspondingly, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, was also misused in a forward role rather than on the wing.

Hodgson said after the match, “I’m really happy with our second half, I thought we were the better team. That’s pleasing in the sense that under (Antonio) Conte, Italy are a strong team.

“We’re missing a few players and when they’re available, we have a few more options.”

AFCON 2015: Zambia Coach Decries Players’ Performance

afcon;zambiaZambian Coach, Honour Janza, had criticised his team for selfish play after they were beaten 2-1 by Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Copper Bullets missed several excellent chances before they were undone by two late goals, to leave them bottom of Group B.

“Playing as a team in the last third is the most important thing,” Janza said,”We created more chances, could have scored maybe four goals, but because of selfish egos, it was difficult.”

Zambia won the 2012 AFCON when good teamwork was considered to be one of the basis of their victory.

Janza also accused the current team of “playing individual football”, adding: “In the last third, everybody wants to score, but it’s better to give the pass to somebody who is in a good position, because at the end of it it’s the whole team that benefits.”

Zambia skipper Rainford  Kalaba, who was named man of the match, agreed with his coach, saying: “I think we need to change the mentality, because the mentality is not good “We were  able to score, but we are not yet capable of defending the goal.”

Southampton striker, who scored Zambia’s goal but also missed several clear chances, went off injured and was transported from the stadium in an ambulance.

Janza said his injury “looked to be very serious”.