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The opportunity looked like it had disappeared when Raheem Sterling was fouled, but Lingard's quick free-kick played Vardy through on goal and the striker finished emphatically, rifling the ball into the top corner to score his eighth global goal.

James Tarkowski clearly seemed to trod on Chiesa for Italy's spot-kick, but even then England manager Southgate protested there wasn't sufficient evidence to overturn Aytekin's original decision.

Sturdy foundations are needed.

The late setback dented what was an otherwise fairly positive evening for England boss Gareth Southgate as he plans for the World Cup. Obviously most of it is down to players and supporters not knowing what is going on. But progress all the same.

The duo's willingness to run at the Italians caused all manner of problems, as did their link-up play that turned defence into attack at speed. This summer's tournament could be a vital learning curve in the England team's development for future competitions.

The Three Lions did look a threat on the break however, especially with the pace of Jamie Vardy, and the striker nearly manufactured a goal for himself but for a brilliant challenge by Mattia De Sciglio.

Lorenzo Insigne curled a free kick over the bar, but Italy broke their all-time record by going over 360 minutes without a goal.

The penalty came in the 87th minute when Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who was making his worldwide debut, tangled with Federico Chiesa.

Gareth Southgate's men are 11/10 (2.10) to follow up on their 1-0 win in the Netherlands with victory here, whilst Italy are 3/1 (4.0) outsiders in the same market.

"Generally over the two games I'm really pleased", added Southgate.

Such profligacy was punished when England took the lead on 26 minutes.

England grew into the ascendancy and Sterling was proving a handful, showing no little skill and desire to get back up after a foul and play through Vardy.

Having seen a low drive kept out by Gianluigi Donnarumma's legs earlier in proceedings, the Leicester City player went high to break the deadlock, thumping a rising drive beyond Milan's teenager goalkeeper.

However, Southgate, who said Alli would have come on had it not been for a head injury to John Stones which forced the defender off, reiterated the Tottenham midfielder's importance to his squad ahead of the World Cup.

Lineker said: "It's irrelevant whether they think it was a penalty or not".

"If it's clear and obvious why the hell did it take 20 views for ref to change his mind? We look forward to the World Cup now".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired straight at Donnarumma from the edge of the penalty area but, crucially, the hosts failed to get a second goal when firmly on top.

Subs: Federico Chiesa (for Candreva, 56) 7, Andrea Belotti (for Immobile, 64) 5, Roberto Gagliardini (for Pellegrini, 79) 5.

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