England vs Italy LIVE: Arnold Clark Cup result and final score as Rachel Daly goals seal win for Lionesses

England’s Rachel Daly scores her second header of the match   (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Rachel Daly scores her second header of the match (The FA via Getty Images)

England made it two wins out of two at the Arnold Clark Cup as Rachel Daly’s double defeated Italy in Coventry.

The Lionesses made nine changes as Sarina Wiegman named an experimental side but Daly shone after being selected up front.

The Aston Villa striker, who played at left back in the Euros last summer, scored a header in each half as England followed up on their 4-0 opening win over South Korea.

Italy scored a controversial equaliser on 70 minutes after the ball seemed to go out of play before Sofia Cantore headed past Ellie Roebuck, but Daly restored England’s lead when she met Lauren James’ cross and powered a sensational header into the far corner.

England will face Belgium in their final match of the tournament on Wednesday, with the Lionesses in a commanding position as they look to retain the Arnold Clark Cup.

Follow live updates from England vs Italy in the Arnold Clark Cup, below

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Arnold Clark Cup updates

  • FULL TIME! England 2-1 Italy - Rachel Daly’s double seals victory

  • 70’ GOAL! Rachel Daly restores England’s lead with another brilliant header (ENG 2-1 ITA)

  • 62’ GOAL! Italy score controversial equaliser as replays suggest ball went out of play (ENG 1-1 ITA)

  • 55’ CHANCE! Jordan Nobbs twice denied as Lionesses look to double lead (ENG 1-0 ITA)

  • 33’ GOAL! Daly heads Lionesses in front from Katie Robinson cross (ENG 1-0 ITA)

  • Sarina Wiegman makes nine changes from Thursday’s 4-0 win over South Korea

FULL TIME! England 2-1 Italy

17:09 , Jamie Braidwood

Well that was a very good afternoon for Sarina Wiegman and the Lionesses. The England manager made nine changes but her side were still able to comfortably defeat Italy and make it two wins out of two at the Arnold Clark Cup.

That said, Italy gave England a brief scare after scoring a controversial equaliser, as the ball seemed to go out of play, but Daly scored her second header of the match - a brilliant flick at the front post to guide Lauren James’ cross into the far corner.

There will be a lot of positives to take for Wiegman - but above all this was a real statement of England’s depth.

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England 2-1 Italy

17:08 , Jamie Braidwood

90+2 mins: Chance for Italy! Le Tissier’s slip allows Serturini a chance to run at goal, but the Italy substitute slashes wide! Wubben-Moy was covering but that was an opportunity.

England 2-1 Italy

17:05 , Jamie Braidwood

90 mins: There will be five minutes added on - Kelly snatches at a half volley after James turned to drive forward.

England 2-1 Italy

17:05 , Jamie Braidwood

89 mins: Rachel Daly is named player of the match - no surprises there.

England 2-1 Italy

17:04 , Jamie Braidwood

88 mins: Italy conceded late on in their opening match against Belgium - can they score late on to deny England here?

It doesn’t look likely, but Wubben-Moy does very well to come across and cut out a potential attack.

England 2-1 Italy

16:58 , Jamie Braidwood

83 mins: Daly’s second header has sucked the life out of Italy - while England have also just generally been in better control of the match in the second half. Italy’s goal - as controversial as it was - really did come out of nowhere.

England 2-1 Italy

16:56 , Jamie Braidwood

80 mins: Rachel Daly’s work is done - England’s goalscorer is replaced by Ebony Salmon. Terrific performance from the Aston Villa striker.

So does Wiegman start Daly or Russo against Belgium on Wednesday?

England 2-1 Italy

16:54 , Jamie Braidwood

79 mins: Lauren James has been brilliant since coming on, as you would expect. The changes have really helped England and this is an emphatic statement of the depth of their squad - especially the attacking options.

England 2-1 Italy

16:50 , Jamie Braidwood

74 mins: There’s a bit of a scare for England as Bonansea dances her way into the box, but Wubben-Moy steps in to whack a clearance away.

GOAL! England 2-1 Italy (DALY 70’)

16:45 , Jamie Braidwood


This is stunning from the England striker, as she doubles up with her second header of the match!

It comes from Lauren James, who creates a yard of space and whips in an inviting ball.

But it’s all down to Daly - who makes a great run towards the front post and glances it across goal into the far corner!

Superb. England weren’t behind for long.

England 1-1 Italy

16:44 , Jamie Braidwood

68 mins: Nobbs finds Kelly with a clever ball and the winger’s cross is blocked behind. From the corner Daly heads wide at the back post. A decent chance, that, Daly was free.

England 1-1 Italy

16:41 , Jamie Braidwood

65 mins: England have made their changes and James, Kelly and Wubben-Moy are on for Robinson, Hemp and Greenwood - so both wingers are swapped.

GOAL! England 1-1 Italy

16:36 , Jamie Braidwood

Out of nowhere, Italy have equalised! But did it cross the line?

There is no VAR or goal-line technology here - but replays show the ball went out of play when Bonansea crossed.

Sofia Cantore won the header and although Roebuck got a hand to it, she couldn’t keep it out. Greenwood hacked away, but the referee says it crossed the line!

It’s really hard to see it though.

England 1-0 Italy

16:35 , Jamie Braidwood

60 mins: There are further changes coming for England - Lauren James, Chloe Kelly and Lotte Wubben-Moy are all about to come on.

England 1-0 Italy

16:34 , Jamie Braidwood

58 mins: After being fouled from behind by Bergamaschi, Hemp drives at the Italy right back and clips in another dangerous ball. Daly’s shot is blocked inside the box.

England 1-0 Italy

16:30 , Jamie Braidwood

55 mins: CHANCE! Another opportunity for Nobbs! This time England move down the right - Robinson pulls it back and it breaks to Nobbs again. Her first-time effort is saved by Giuliani.

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England 1-0 Italy

16:29 , Jamie Braidwood

54 mins: SAVE! This is a lovely move from England. Greenwood picks out a brilliant ball to find Hemp on the turn, who then slips in Nobbs. The pull-back from Nobbs isn’t cleared - and she has the chance at the near post, but Giuliani makes the stop!

England 1-0 Italy

16:27 , Jamie Braidwood

52 mins: Good wing play from both Hemp and Robinson, as they hit the byline after beating their closes defender. First Hemp’s cross was cleared at the back post before Robinson’s clipped ball back in was picked out by Giuliani.

England 1-0 Italy

16:25 , Jamie Braidwood

50 mins: England almost catch out Italy at the goalkick, as Daly leads the press. England think they’ve won it back but Daly fouled the Italy defender.

England 1-0 Italy

16:25 , Jamie Braidwood

49 mins: Another chance! Good play from England - as Zelem whips a ball around the corner and plays in Robinson on the right. Robinson whips it across, but Daly hits over on the half volley.

England 1-0 Italy

16:22 , Jamie Braidwood

47 mins: Early chance for Daly! The link-up play between Robinson and Le Tissier has been a real plus for England, and the full-back picks out Daly with a clipped ball into the box. It’s a little behind Daly, whose hooked effort at goal goes wide.

England 1-0 Italy

16:19 , Jamie Braidwood

Back underway! So Nobbs and Zelem are on for Walsh and Park in midfield.

HALF TIME! England 1-0 Italy

16:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Almost ready to go again in Coventry - and Jordan Nobbs and Katie Zelem are preparing to come on for England.

HALF TIME! England 1-0 Italy

16:10 , Jamie Braidwood

So far, so good for England in terms of making it two wins out of two in the Arnold Clark Cup.

Sarina Wiegman will be more looking at the performance, though, after making nine changes to her side.

Rachel Daly has certainly made her statement, scoring after being selected up front. Katie Robinson has been bright and delivered a great assist for Daly’s header.

England have lacked a bit of rhythm, though. Italy have crowded around Keira Walsh and Jess Park hasn’t been as influential as she could be, while Laura Coombs has been quiet.

Defensively, England have been pretty solid.

HALF TIME! England 1-0 Italy

16:05 , Jamie Braidwood

And that’s half time! England lead at the break thanks to Daly’s header.

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England 1-0 Italy

16:03 , Jamie Braidwood

45 mins: Off the bar! Hemp, now on the right, fires an inswinging cross into the middle, where Daly rises well again. This time the header loops up and hits the bar, and the flag then goes up for offside. Daly had just gone early, so it wouldn’t have counted anyway.

England 1-0 Italy

16:01 , Jamie Braidwood

43 mins: Half chance for Italy! Bonansea turns well in midfield and carries forward into the space. Giacinti looked to make the run off Carter’s shoulder and Bonansea slipped her in, but Roebuck read it well and raced out to gather. Good goalkeeping.

England 1-0 Italy

15:57 , Jamie Braidwood

39 mins: Italy have yet to respond to England’s opening goal. They set out aiming to restrict England but look short in confidence when they have the chance to go forward.

Carter mops up an Italy attack as Giugliano looked for Giacinti.

England 1-0 Italy

15:56 , Jamie Braidwood

What a brilliant header this is from Rachel Daly.

GOAL! England 1-0 Italy (DALY 33’)

15:49 , Jamie Braidwood

The Lionesses take the lead! Robinson delivers and Daly meets the cross to head England in front!

It was great play from England - starting with a ball from Greenwood out wide to Hemp. The winger drove forward but Italy failed to properly clear her cross. Le Tissier won an important header to keep England on the front foot and it was played out wide to Robinson on the right.

This time, the cross found its target: Daly beat her defender to the ball and powered a header past the Italy goalkeeper. Great movement and a great goal for Daly to get - vindicating her selection up front!

England 0-0 Italy

15:48 , Jamie Braidwood

31 mins: Park gets the crowd on their feet with a quick turn and drive forward from midfield - but England end up going backwards.

England 0-0 Italy

15:46 , Jamie Braidwood

28 mins: Hemp, involved again, works a yard of space but her cross goes straight into Giuliani’s grasp. The Lionesses seem to be just a bit predictable at the moment - England are struggling to turn their possession into chances.

England 0-0 Italy

15:43 , Jamie Braidwood

25 mins: Giugliano looks to be ok, as England go back to Hemp. Italy do well to make sure the England winger isn’t able to pick up full speed, and Hemp is being doubled or even tripled up early on.

England 0-0 Italy

15:40 , Jamie Braidwood

22 mins: Hemp gets a couple of chances to drive forward on the left - the winger skips to the byline but can’t find a target with her cross, and Italy do a better job of crowding her out on the next play.

Giugliano stays down, though, holding her knee.

England 0-0 Italy

15:37 , Jamie Braidwood

20 mins: Greenwood looks to hit a long ball to Daly, but it’s overhit. England have just lost a little of their rhythm after a bright start.

At the other end, Greenwood does well to race back and cut out a possible Italy counter-attack.

England 0-0 Italy

15:35 , Jamie Braidwood

17 mins: Charles barges her way through a couple of Italy challenges and pulls it back to Le Tissier, who drifts inside. The Manchester United defender’s shot is sliced wide.

England 0-0 Italy

15:32 , Jamie Braidwood

15 mins: Italy have made it clear that they will be a real test for England and this experimental team this afternoon. They look set up in a solid 4-4-2 shape when England have the ball.

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England 0-0 Italy

15:29 , Jamie Braidwood

12 mins: Robinson then comes over to the right, where she links up well with Le Tissier. Robinson makes a mess of the cross, though.

England 0-0 Italy

15:26 , Jamie Braidwood

9 mins: Robinson has made a bright start on the England left - where she has started, with Hemp over on the right. The Brighton forward cuts inside but her shot from the corner of the box is wide.

England 0-0 Italy

15:24 , Jamie Braidwood

7 mins: SAVE! Chance for Daly! She forces the error from Salvai and strikes from the angle, but Italy goalkeeper Giuliani makes the stop.

Italy then give it away again but Daly’s shot from the edge is again saved. She perhaps could have played it wide to Park, who was in space.

England 0-0 Italy

15:22 , Jamie Braidwood

6 mins: SAVE! Chance for Italy! Dali leads the counter-attack for Italy and slips in Giacinti. She takes aim at Roebuck’s near post and the England goalkeeper does well to turn it behind!

For a moment a few in the crowd thought it was in as it rippled the side netting.

England 0-0 Italy

15:20 , Jamie Braidwood

4 mins: Robinson turns well and plays Charles down the line. It’s fed back inside to Park, who slices her shot across goal.

It’s been a good start from England though, they’re on the front foot from the off.

England 0-0 Italy

15:19 , Jamie Braidwood

2 mins: Coombs gets some early touches in midfield and plays it wide to Hemp on the left. The winger wins a corner after her cross is blocked, by Greenwood’s delivery is cleared at the front post.

KICK OFF! England 0-0 Italy

15:17 , Jamie Braidwood

Here we go! There are plenty of empty seats at the CBS Arena, despite 31,000 tickets being sold for this one.

We’re underway in Coventry.

England vs Italy

15:11 , Jamie Braidwood

The players are out and it’s time for the anthems! It’s always a joy to hear Italy’s - one of the very best.

England vs Italy

15:06 , Jamie Braidwood

Sarina Wiegman says Jess Park will line-up as a number 10 against Italy. The Everton forward usually plays as a winger for her club but Wiegman said: “She started out wide but at her club, she can also come inside and play as a 10.

“We want to see her as a 10 today to see where she is at in this moment and where she relates to this team.”

She also explained Brighton forward Katie Robinson’s selection: “She is very quick and very agile. We want her to run behind and be involved in possession when we need it. Hopefully, she can attack crosses from the opposite side and also deliver some too.”

And on Rachel Daly’s starting up front, Wiegman said: “With three games we want to try some things and one of those is that Daly starts as number nine."

So, it sounds like England’s team will be something a bit more like this: Roebuck; Carter, Le Tissier, Greenwood, Charles; Park, Walsh, Coombs; Robinson, Daly, Hemp (4-3-3)

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England vs Italy

15:01 , Jamie Braidwood

England’s players are wearing purple wristbands against Italy today to display their support for gender equality and in a show of support for the Canada team.

On Thursday, Canada took their dispute with their national association onto the pitch by wearing purple jerseys with “Enough is Enough” written on the front ahead of their SheBelieves Cup opener against the United States.

The team’s protest was the latest escalation in their dispute with Canada Soccer over pay equity issues.

Canada are the Olympic champions and this week their players hit out at the “disgusting” discrepancy between the Canada men’s and women’s programmes, which became obvious last year in Qatar, where Canada’s men made their first World Cup appearance in 37 years in November.

Canada Soccer spent $11 million on the men’s programme in 2021, and $5.1 million on the women.

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England vs Italy

14:58 , Jamie Braidwood

A look at Italy:

Milena Bertolini’s side failed to reach the knockout stages of the Euros last summer but safely qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where they will face Sweden, Argentina and South Africa in Group G.

Le Azzurre have lost their last four games, scoring just one goal in the spell, but boast an improving squad - as illustrated by the growing strength of their domestic league.

The Serie A Femminile only turned professional last summer but Roma have already qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Italy XI: Giuliani, Bergamaschi, Galli, Giugliano, Rosucci, Giacinti, Girelli, Bonansea, Boattin, Lenzini, Salvai

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England vs Italy

14:44 , Jamie Braidwood

Sarina Wiegman on facing Italy, who have lost four games in a row in all competitions: “Italy are a pretty good team. If you look at the results, they may have been a bit disappointing for them, but I think they’ve played some proper games.

“What they do tactically is they do different things in the game which will challenge us - sometimes a little bit of a high press, sometimes dropping a little deeper, when they are in possession they do different things.

“So for us, it’s good for us to adapt to that and scan continuously as a team what they do and be proactive in that so we can control the game. That will be a good challenge for us.”

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England vs Italy: Team news!

14:32 , Jamie Braidwood

Wiegman has selected an interesting team, with notable starts for Katie Robinson, Laura Coombs, Maya Le Tissier and Jess Park, as well as Rachel Daly (we think) as a striker. Daly played left back during the Euros but is joint top scorer in the Women’s Super League this season with 10 goals for Aston Villa, where she plays up front.

There’s lots of versatility in this team, apart from Daly. Charles, Carter and Greenwood can play across the back four, so Wiegman’s line-up may look a little different once it takes to the pitch.

Keira Walsh, as expected, returns from illness while Alex Greenwood captains the team.

Maya Le Tissier and Jess Park (The FA via Getty Images)
Maya Le Tissier and Jess Park (The FA via Getty Images)

England vs Italy: Team news!

14:19 , Jamie Braidwood

Here are the line-ups, and Sarina Wiegman has made nine changes to her side! Only Alex Greenwood and Jess Carter remain from the team that thrashed South Korea.

England XI: Roebuck; Carter, Le Tissier, Greenwood, Charles; Park, Coombs, Walsh, Hemp; Robinson, Daly

England vs Italy

14:07 , Jamie Braidwood

We should have today’s team news any moment now.

Will we see Rachel Daly up front for the Lionesses?

England vs Italy: Last time out

13:59 , Jamie Braidwood

Lauren James scored her first England goal as the European champions opened their Arnold Clark Cup defence with a 4-0 victory over South Korea in Milton Keynes on Thursday.

The Lionesses went in front in the 40th minute via a Georgia Stanway penalty won by James, moments after Alessia Russo had hit a shot against a post.

Chloe Kelly and Russo then scored in quick succession soon after the break before James capped her player-of-the match performance by breaking her senior England duck, the 21-year-old Chelsea forward striking past Kim Jung-mi in the 78th minute.

Stanway and substitute Katie Robinson hit the woodwork either side of that as well as Sarina Wiegman’s side produced a dominant display in their first fixture of the calendar year.

The round-robin competition’s table sees England - now unbeaten in 27 games under Wiegman, with 23 wins - top on goal difference ahead of Belgium, who won 2-1 against Italy in the earlier match at Stadium MK.

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Arnold Clark Cup results and schedule

13:50 , Jamie Braidwood

Thursday 16 February - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

  • Italy 1-2 Belgium

  • England 4-0 Korea Republic

Sunday 19 February - CBS Arena, Coventry

  • England vs Italy - 3:15pm

  • Belgium vs Korea Republic - 6:15pm

Wednesday 22 February - Ashton Gate, Bristol

  • Korea Republic vs Italy - 4:45pm

  • England vs Belgium - 7:45pm

England vs Italy: Early team news

13:47 , Jamie Braidwood

England are hopeful midfielder Keira Walsh will be available after missing the win over South Korea due to illness. Sarina Wiegman may rotate elsewhere, with Lauren Hemp and Rachel Daly among those who may come into the starting line-up.

When is England vs Italy?

13:46 , Jamie Braidwood

The match will kick off at 3:15pm GMT on Sunday 19 February at the CBS Arena, Coventry.

How can I watch it?

It will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting at 2:25pm. It will also be available to watch online on the ITV X platform.

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England vs Italy: Arnold Clark Cup

13:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Follow live updates as England play Italy in their second match of the Arnold Clark Cup. The Lionesses opened the four-team tournament with a commanding 4-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday and Sarina Wiegman will hope her team can produce another strong performance in front of their home fans today in Coventry.

Goals from Georgia Stanway, Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo and Lauren James wrapped up England’s first win in Milton Keynes, but Wiegman may look to make changes and rotate her squad ahead of Wednesday night’s fixture against Belgium. Italy, who have also qualified for this summer’s World Cup, were beaten by Belgium in their opening match after a late winner from the forward Tessa Wullaert.

Follow all the build up in our live blog.