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“It’s for the Italian FA to decide where they play their games,” Southgate said of the controversial decision to host the game in Naples. He added: “I think everybody is looking forward to the experience of coming to Naples. Personally, I am excited about playing in a city that loves football with a great history.
“To come here when I can just about remember Maradona when they won the league, and Careca, so I’m excited about that from the football side. Always, we ask our fans to be good tourists and respect the local culture. We hope the game and the next couple of days pass with no problems.”
Ten-man England won 2-1 to kick off their Euro 2024 qualification campaign in the perfect style. Declan Rice opened the scoring before Harry Kane’s penalty made him the Three Lions’ all-time top scorer with 54 international goals.
England just about came through a nervy second half. Luke Shaw was sent off for collecting two yellow cards inside a minute after Mateo Retegui pulled a goal back for the hosts.