Gareth Southgate held back on criticising England's performance in their 1-0 defeat to Italy that saw them relegated to League B of the Nations League on Friday.

A lacklustre game of football saw Italy steal all three points thanks to a second half strike from Giacomo Raspadori, condemning England to a fifth game without victory for the first time in eight years and confirming their Nations League relegation.

England were poor again on the night in a performance that worried fans watching on, with their World Cup opener against Iran less than two months away.

But, speaking to media after the game, Southgate maintained that there were positives: "[It's] difficult of me to be too critical of the performance: more possession, more shots, more shots on target.