Italy 1-1 England: Super-sub Townsend rescues a draw for the Three Lions

England winger Andros Townsend came off the bench to score a brilliant long-range effort to help rescue a draw against Italy in Turin, to extend their unbeaten run to eight games, while giving manager Roy Hodgson a selection headache for games to come, reports BBC Sport.

England were on the backfoot in the first-half against the Azzurri, with their experimental midfield struggling to gain a control of the game. Italy were giving the England quartet the run-around in the middle of the park, and eventually their pressure told.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored inside of half an hour for Italy, after defender Giorgio Chiellini whipped in a deadly cross. It was no more than they deserved for a bright opening, and England struggled to get back into the game at half-time.

After the break, England showed more signs of urgency. They made positive changes to get the ball into the forwards quicker, and took less touches in possession to keep the Italian backline chasing shadows. Eventually their endeavour paid off, with substitute Andros Townsend hitting a rasping effort from distance to level the game late on.

The two sides eventually settled for a draw, but Italy mat have felt their first-half dominance deserved more.

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