England and Italy play out goalless draw at Molineux

The England senior men’s side returned to Molineux for the first time in 65 years on Saturday evening as the Three Lions played out a goalless draw against Italy in the UEFA Nations League.

Wolves captain Conor Coady was an unused substitute for his country as the stadium hosted the first of its two Nations League fixtures this week, albeit behind closed doors.

Coady will hope to be the first Wolves player to feature for England at Molineux since Billy Wright when Gareth Southgate’s men are back in Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening to host Hungary in their final international match of June.

Several other Wolves men were in action over the weekend, and fresh off his goal against Poland last week, Leander Dendoncker was back in the Belgium side for their Nations League fixture in Cardiff against Wales.

The midfielder was once again utilised in defence for his country, playing the whole 90 minutes on the right of a back three for the Red Devils. Belgium appeared to be making it three wins from three in the competition when Youri Tielemans put them ahead just after the break, but Brennan Johnson’s late equaliser snatched a point for the Welsh.

However, Belgium remain top of League A Group 4 with another clash with Poland coming up on Tuesday evening.

Ruben Neves added to his collection of Portugal caps on Sunday, but he was unable to inspire his country to Nations League victory over Switzerland.

In their fourth and final international match of June, Portugal left Joao Moutinho out of the matchday squad and the Swiss were able to snatch a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal in the opening minute of the match.

Meanwhile, Hee Chan Hwang has begun a mandatory three-week stint of military service in South Korea, meaning the forward missed his country’s 2-2 friendly draw at home to Paraguay and will not be available for selection for Tuesday afternoon’s friendly with Egypt.

For their international youth sides, Fabio Silva played just shy of 70 minutes for Portugal under-21s as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Greece in the Euro U21 championship qualifiers, while Morgan Gibbs-White was an unused substitute for England under-21s in their 5-0 qualifying win over Kosovo.

The midfielder will be hoping to be back among the side when they face Slovenia this evening in Huddersfield.

The full set of weekend results is a follows:

  • Coady | England 0-0 Italy
  • Dendoncker | Wales 1-1 Belgium
  • Neves & Moutinho | Switzerland 1-0 Portugal
  • Silva | Portugal U21 2-1 Greece U21
  • Gibbs-White | Kosovo U21 5-0 England U21