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Henderson ‘in heated exchange’ with Donnarumma at half-time

Jordan Henderson didn’t take too kindly to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s actions during the first half as the pair became embroiled in a heated exchange as they headed down the tunnel.

Tensions were running high at Wembley in a fiery Euro 2020 final, and England substitute Henderson was quick to make a beeline for Italy’s No.1 at the break.

Henderson was seemingly annoyed at the way Donnarumma had ran up to Raheem Sterling after England’s forward went down in the box.

According to PA , the pair shared cross words at half-time, with Henderson pointing towards the box to signal his disapproval.

Eventually Donnarumma was pulled away by members of Italy’s coaching staff as they stepped in to cool the situation.

Jordan Henderson was reportedly involved in a heated exchange with Gianluigi Donnarumma

The first half had been littered with fouls from both sides as England largely dominated their opponents following Luke Shaw’s opening goal after just two minutes.

England boss Gareth Southgate opted to change system for the fixture, starting Kieran Trippier instead of Bukayo Saka and reverting to a 5-3-2 formation.

Shaw and Trippier were operating as wing-backs on either flank and were both involved in the opener, justifying Southgate’s decision immediately.

Harry Kane was the link between them, receiving a pass from Shaw out on the left before feeding Trippier wide on the right.

Shaw had continued his run into the box and Trippier was able to pick him out expertly with a cross to the far post, which his teammate duly volleyed home off the post sending Wembley into raptures.

From there England harassed and harried Italy, who looked shellshocked after the goal but grew into the game.

Federico Chiesa came closest to levelling when his shot dragged just wide of the post, but all told England were the better side.

Donnarumma reacted angrily to the way Sterling went down in the box
Donnarumma reacted angrily to the way Sterling went down in the box

Speaking on ITV at the break, Gary Neville said: “We raised our eyebrows a little bit this afternoon when we saw the team and the system come through, but Gareth Southgate has proven himself to be absolutely spot on again.

“The overload in the wide right area, Kane dropping in, Sterling and Mount run past them. Chiellini and Bonucci have just been pulled around in that first half.”

Meanwhile, over on the BBC, Alan Shearer hailed England’s performance.

“They’ve been absolutely fantastic from the very first kick of the game,” he said.

“They put their stamp on the game. They pressed, they harassed, they closed them down. They offered width which has caused Italy all sorts of problems which is where the goal came from.

“What a goal it was, it was incredible. The two guys in midfield have not given them any space at all when we have had to defend.

“They’ve defended so well indeed. Shaw down one side, Trippier down the other side causing all sorts of problems with the width so all very very positive up to now.”




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