ITALY 2 ENGLAND 0 International Friendly Le Stadio Communale, Turin 4th June 1973

Sir Alf Ramsey by this time must have been wondering when the pain would stop, as England played another friendly on the way home from Eastern Europe, dropping into Turin for a fixture against Italy.

The match saw Bobby Moore earn his record breaking 107th cap, but was memorable for no other reason. ITV showed highlights of the game, but in black and white, hiding the garish yellow kit worn once again by Ramsey’s men.

Fabio Capello – Hurting England throughout his lifetime – Courtesy of TheFootballAuthority.com

England named an unchanged side from that had beaten the Soviet Union four days earlier, and Ramsey again made no changes, adding to the workload of what must have been a very tired side.

The players certainly looked tired on the brief highlights I found on YouTube, with the defence split open for the Italians first goal. Peter Shilton made a fine save in a one on one situation with Sandro Mazzola only for Anastasi to be the first to react to force home the rebound.

Future England manager Fabio Capello grabbed the second with a fine volley from a tight angle as England’s players looked for an offside flag that never came. The defeat was the first against Italy in nine games. Another was to follow soon after, but before that would be a game that would send England into the International wilderness.

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