England vs Italy LIVE: Lionesses result and reaction as Lauren Hemp scores twice in five-goal win

Lauren Hemp scored twice as England thrashed Italy in a friendly to conclude their February training camp in the south of Spain.

Hemp’s first-half double put England in total control after the Lionesses took the lead in the opening minute through Lotte Wubben-Moy.

The defender’s first international goal, a header from Alex Greenwood’s corner, gave England the perfect start before a fortuitous second from Hemp.

Hemp added her second with a thumping header from Georgia Stanway’s cross, before substitutes Ella Toone and Rachel Daly added to the score late on.

Toone converted Lauren James’ cross with a volley before Daly punished an Italy mistake to make it five.

Italy had pulled one back before half-time, when Michela Cambiaghi slotted past Mary Earps, but England were comfortable winners.

It rounded off a successful camp for the Lionesses after beating Austria 7-2 on Friday night. Follow live updates from England’s friendly against Italy in tonight’s match blog, and get the latest tips and odds on the fixture, here.

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

  • FULL TIME! Hemp scores twice as England beat Italy 5-1

  • 79’ GOAL! Daly rounds goalkeeper after Italy backpass to finish (5-1)

  • 69’ GOAL! Toone volleys in James cross as England retake three-goal lead (4-1)

  • 45+1’ GOAL! Italy pull goal back before half-time after England dominate (3-1)

  • 34’ GOAL! Hemp adds her second with thumping header from Stanway cross (3-0)

  • 21’ GOAL! Hemp doubles England’s lead as ball rebounds off forward from corner (2-0)

  • 1’ GOAL! Wubben-Moy scores first England goal with header in opening minute (1-0)

FULL TIME! England 5-1 Italy

19:40 , Jamie Braidwood

Lauren Hemp scored a first-half brace as England beat Italy 5-1 in the second of their double-header of friendlies in southern Spain.

Four days on from defeating Austria 7-2 at the Estadio Nuevo Mirador in Algeciras, the Lionesses started the ball rolling for another thumping win with Lotte Wubben-Moy heading home her first international goal in the opening few seconds.

Hemp then added two efforts, the second an excellent header, to put England three goals up just past the half-hour mark.

Michela Cambiaghi pulled a goal back for the visitors in first-half stoppage time before substitutes Ella Toone and Rachel Daly completed the rout after the break.

After this positive start to the calendar year, next up for England are the opening Euro 2025 qualifiers in April as Sarina Wiegman’s side begin the journey of defending the title they won on home soil in 2022.

Lauren Hemp’s brace helps England to another thumping friendly win

FULL TIME! England 5-1 Italy

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Sarina Wiegman: “The whole camp pleased me. We played everyone to see what the level is, to see players in different positions and see the connections. To get two big wins is really nice.

On Lotte Wubben-Moy: “She’s taken a step forward, she’s developing a lot - we see that every week with Arsenal.”

On set-pieces: “It’s good to see it has had some effect and we will hope to keep doing that.”

On England’s camp: “Football can change but we have answers on questions we’ve had. There are many positives about this week.”

FULL TIME! England 5-1 Italy

19:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Lauren Hemp, speaking to ITV:

“Very good performance, very dominant in possession. I thought we were great and scored twice from set-pieces, which is what we were working on this week. Set-pieces is something we can do better on. We’ve been working hard - I’m happy to contribute even if I didn’t know too much about the first one. The set-piece coach will be buzzing about that.

“The squad is in a great place. We’ll take these two games into the start of qualifying.”

FULL TIME! England 5-1 Italy

19:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Eni Aluko on ITV:

“Really pleasing performance from England tonight. 12 goals in two games, with nine different goalscorers. You don’t want too much pressure on one player but England are sharing the goals around.”

Karen Carney on ITV:

“Controlled, dominant performance from England. The only negative was conceding the goal before half-time.”

FULL TIME! England 5-1 Italy

18:54 , Jamie Braidwood

That’s that! A five-goal performance from England!

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England 5-1 Italy

18:49 , Jamie Braidwood

88 mins: Close! Hemp is inches away from her hat-trick! It’s superb from James, who creates a yard before firing a low drive across goal. Guiliani saves well with her feet and it almost breaks to Hemp to head in - but it just came back up too quickly.

England 5-1 Italy

18:44 , Jamie Braidwood

83 mins: An England debut for Millie Turner! The Manchester United centre-back replaces Alex Greenwood for her first cap. She’ll see out the final 10 minutes or so.

GOAL! England 5-1 Italy (DALY 79’)

18:39 , Jamie Braidwood

Daly strikes against Italy again! She punishes the mistake from the Italy goalkeeper!

Guiliani is sold short by the back pass but Daly is so, so sharp. The striker rounds Guiliani and then beats another Italy defender for good measure before slotting into the empty net!

It’s five for the Lionesses.

England 4-1 Italy

18:33 , Jamie Braidwood

71 mins: Italy have had their share of chances, as Cambiaghi gets another in the box but drags her effort wide.

England make their fifth change as Daly replaces Kelly, in a move that should see Hemp go back to the wing.

GOAL! England 4-1 Italy (TOONE 69’)

18:29 , Jamie Braidwood

A lovely England goal and Toone makes her impact off the bench to lead by three once again!

James makes her impact as well with a drive to the byline and a clipped cross back into the box.

Toone, as she so often does, arrives just in time and guides an excellent volley into the top corner!

Super goal, which came from Greenwood’s switch of play.

England 3-1 Italy

18:26 , Jamie Braidwood

64 min: Save! James suddenly sparks into life as she turns and fires a shot on target with her left foot. Guiliani gets across to palm it behind for a corner.

Stanway and Clinton make way for Toone and Park as England make their double change. Two straight-swaps.

England 3-1 Italy

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63 mins: Italy with another corner as England have to withstand their longest spell of pressure of the match. The Lionesses clear as Wubben-Moy makes first contact again.

England 3-1 Italy

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61 mins: Ella Toone and Jess Park are preparing to come on for England as Italy get a third corner in quick succession. This time Wubben-Moy clears with a good defensive header.

England 3-1 Italy

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58 mins: A rare foray forward from Italy - Carter can only clear the first corner out for another, before Cambiaghi had a chance for a free header at the near post!

That could have been two...

England 3-1 Italy

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53 mins: Another chance! Hemp pops up on the left and gets to the byline before pulling a cross back. It falls to Stanway and she beats her defender with a smart nut-meg. Kelly can’t quite get her shot away and Italy clear.

England 3-1 Italy

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50 mins: Chance! Wow - what a cross from Kelly, whipped in low with so much pace. Clinton attacks the near post but can’t direct the powerful cross on target.

Decent opportunity.

England 3-1 Italy

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48 mins: Clinton wins the ball well up the field as England press Italy to begin the half, but the Lionesses aren’t able to get a shot away.

It’s been a controlled start from England early on, with lots of possession.

England 3-1 Italy

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46 mins: And we’re back underway! Hemp has gone through the middle, with James out on the left.

HALF TIME! England 3-1 Italy

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Changes at the break!

Lauren James and Jess Carter are on for England as Wiegman makes two changes.

Alessia Russo and Niamh Charles are replaced.

HALF TIME! England 3-1 Italy

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The only mark on England’s performance, but Italy have a route into the game through Cambiaghi.

Otherwise, England have been dominant.

The Lionesses have had 71.3% possession and 17 shots (eight on target).

Cambiaghi’s goal was Italy’s second shot on target.

HALF TIME! England 3-1 Italy

17:52 , Jamie Braidwood

And that Italy goal was the last action of the half! England with a commanding lead thanks to an excellent performance.

GOAL! England 3-1 Italy

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Italy do find one back, just before half-time!

Greenwood is caught on the ball and Italy are clinical. Cambiaghi is in the right place to sweep the finish past Earps following the low cross from the left.

A bit sloppy from England after an otherwise great half.

England 3-0 Italy

17:48 , Jamie Braidwood

45+1 mins: Chance! Italy with their only real opportunity of the half as Cantore is played through on goal. Earps has not had anything to do but stands up well and denies Cantore with her right leg.

Great stop from Earps.

England 3-0 Italy

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45 mins: That should be four! England keep the pressure on and Hemp’s cross from the right picks out Clinton, after the midfielder released Hemp out to the right.

Clinton can’t get contact on the header, though, and it doesn’t trouble the goalkeeper.

There will be three minutes added on.

England 3-0 Italy

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43 mins: CLOSE! It could be four! Clinton plays a lovely reverse pass to release Kelly - but Giuliani gets out well to deny it.

Russo almost had a chance on the follow-up, but Italy scramble it away.

That was superb from Clinton to unlock the defence, though.

England 3-0 Italy

17:42 , Jamie Braidwood

40 mins: Greenwood tries her luck with a free-kick from 25 yards. It’s got an excellent shape, but just dips wide of the post.

Wiegman’s side have been very impressive and the England manager could change her entire team at half-time and still be confident of adding to this lead.

The Lionesses have Lauren James, Beth Mead, Ella Toone and Rachel Daly all available... incredible options.

England 3-0 Italy

17:39 , Jamie Braidwood

37 mins: This was quality from Stanway!

GOAL! England 3-0 Italy (HEMP 34’)

17:35 , Jamie Braidwood

WHAT A HEADER! Hemp scores her second and England are cruising!

It comes from another corner - this time from the second phase: Stanway does superbly well to juggle the ball and loop in a cross. Hemp leaps and thumps the header into the top corner.

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England 2-0 Italy

17:34 , Jamie Braidwood

31 mins: Almost a scare for England and a route back into the game for Italy! Charles plays a back-pass that is almost too short for Earps. The Italy forward rounds Earps and cuts the ball back, but the flag is up as the ball went out of play behind the byline.

England 2-0 Italy

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30 mins: Clinton is looking right at home in this England midfield. She drifts inside onto her left foot but her shot is straight at Giuliani.

England 2-0 Italy

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28 mins: Hemp has switched over to the right and teases a drifted cross to the back post and towards Kelly, but the keeper claims.

England 2-0 Italy

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25 mins: A satisfied Wiegman watches on: England look dangerous on the wings and are in command in the middle, with Walsh, Stanway and Clinton working nicely. Italy have had a few breaks, but apart from that, England have not let them build possession.

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GOAL! England 2-0 Italy (HEMP 21’)

17:22 , Jamie Braidwood

A second goal for England - and it comes from the same route!

It’s a messy one - but England and Hemp don’t care. From Greenwood’s corner, it falls to Hemp and the Italy clearance rebounds back off her foot and past Giuliani!

Hemp has scored far better goals in her England career, but it puts Wiegman’s side into a very strong position after just a quarter of the contest.

England 1-0 Italy

17:20 , Jamie Braidwood

18 mins: Delight for Wubben-Moy as the 25-year-old celebrates her first England goal.

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England 1-0 Italy

17:19 , Jamie Braidwood

16 mins: Such dangerous play from England again - this time through Hemp as the winger beats her full-back with ease before clipping a cross into the box. Kelly arrives but is unable to hook her shot back on target.

England 1-0 Italy

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14 mins: Chance! Bronze clips a good early cross into the box and Russo is close to getting a volley away. It’s good defending from Italy, though, and they are to scramble it away.

England 1-0 Italy

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12 mins: Wubben-Moy wins another big header - this time in her own box, as she beats Catena to the Italy cross from the right.

Wubben-Moy flattens Catena in the process. Very solid defending.

England 1-0 Italy

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10 mins: Cantore found some space down the right to get past Greenwood, but Bronze tidied up defensively to cut out her cross.

England then attack down the right as Bronze gets forward, but her cross drifts too close to Giuliani.

England 1-0 Italy

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7 mins: SAVE! Almost a quick second for England and Wubben-Moy!

From a free-kick, England take it short and Kelly floats a lovely cross to Wubben-Moy.

The downward header brings a super save out of Giuliani.

England are in total control at the moment.

England 1-0 Italy

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4 mins: England continue to play on the front foot - Kelly gets down the right and almost picks out team-mate Hemp with a cross to the back post.

Italy clear but Kelly keeps the pressure on with a corner, that Italy goalkeeper Giuliani has to claw away.

GOAL! England 1-0 Italy (WUBBEN-MOY 1’)

17:03 , Jamie Braidwood


Alex Greenwood whips the cross to the front post and Lotte Wubben-Moy is there to flick a header into the far corner!

What a perfect way for Wubben-Moy to mark only her third England start, as the Arsenal centre-back grabs her first England goal!

England 0-0 Italy

17:03 , Jamie Braidwood

1 min: A very early corner for England as Stanway gets down the right...

KICK-OFF! England 0-0 Italy

17:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Keira Walsh captains England and leads the huddle before kick-off.

And we’re underway!

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:57 , Jamie Braidwood

Not the usual crowd that the Lionesses have got used to, but still a few England fans out in force in Spain.

The anthems are next, and then it’s kick-off.

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England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:51 , Jamie Braidwood

A reminder that tonight’s match is live on ITV 4 in the UK, as well as online on ITV X.

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:46 , Jamie Braidwood

England manager Sarina Wiegman defended the decision for the Lionesses to play two friendlies in Spain, rather than in front of packed crowds at home.

There were only a few hundred fans in attendance as England beat Austria and Friday and a similar crowd is expected tonight.

The Lionesses have sold out Wembley and could now expect to fill grounds across the country, but Wiegman says a balance is needed.

“What we wanted to do was play good friendlies in good circumstances. We have very good pitches here, the weather is also good. We did know there probably wouldn’t be as many fans here as we had hoped.

“We will be back in England. We have games in April, June and July, and the rest of the season we’ll be playing a lot in England. I hope that connects us with the fans enough.”

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:35 , Jamie Braidwood

Unsurprisingly, it’s looking quite a bit warmer in Marbella than it is in England as the Lionesses begin their warm-ups.

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England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Grace Clinton will be hoping to build on Friday’s performance to show Wiegman that she can offer England competition for places ahead of Euro 2025.

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:21 , Jamie Braidwood

England midfielder Keira Walsh, speaking about the importance of the Lionesses now starting to work with the Under-23s.

“It is the hope that they do [one day] come in and take our place. It is really nice for them to be in and around us. Four of them trained with us yesterday and they had a really good session.

“Us working closer with them gives us a chance to share ideas on football and the idea is that they will be coming in [one day] and taking our shirts off us.”

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

16:06 , Jamie Braidwood

Wiegman on Italy: “They have had a great Nations League campaign. They play a little differently because they changed coaches. They have different shapes they have played in and they want to have a really high press on us, so that is something that we will have to be aware of tomorrow and a challenge for us, plus they really want to play the game.

“You can see the competition in Italy has really improved over the years already, the team is doing well and they did well in the Nations League, so we are really excited about tomorrow.”

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

15:52 , Jamie Braidwood

Wiegman goes strong against Italy, as Grace Clinton is handed another start in midfield after scoring against Austria.

The 20-year-old will line up alongside Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh, who returns to midfield.

Lotte Wubben-Moy partners Alex Greenwood in defence, with Lucy Bronze coming in at right back.

There’s just one change in the forward line as Chloe Kelly replaces Beth Mead on the right.

Mary Earps is back in goal but Walsh captains the side.

There aren’t any of the Under-23s on the bench.

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

15:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Team news!

England XI: Earps: Bronze, Wubben-Moy, Greenwood, Charles; Walsh, Stanway, Clinton; Kelly, Russo, Hemp

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

15:39 , Jamie Braidwood

England defeated Italy 2-1 at last year’s Arnold Clark Cup, with Rachel Daly scoring twice for the Lionesses.

But Italy disappointed at the World Cup, crashing out in the group stages after losing to South Africa.

They’ve since changed coach - with Andrea Soncin replacing Milena Bertolini - and Italy enjoyed an impressive Nations League campaign, beating world champions Spain.

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England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

15:34 , Jamie Braidwood

What is the England team news?

Fran Kirby has been ruled out due to a “minor knee injury” but Chloe Kelly is set to return. Naomi Layzell, Aggie-Beever-Jones, Laura Blindkilde Brown and Jessica Naz have all been training with the Lionesses ahead of the fixture after being promoted from the Under-23s. They could feature, while Khiara Keating may be handed a debut in goal after Hannah Hampton replaced Mary Earps on Friday.

Possible line-up

England: Keating: Bronze, Carter, Wubben-Moy, Charles; Walsh, Park, Toone; James, Daly, Kelly

England vs Italy LIVE: Latest Lionesses updates

15:31 , Jamie Braidwood

When is England vs Italy?

The match will kick off at 5pm GMT on Tuesday 27 February at the Estadio Nuevo Mirador in Algeciras.

Is it on TV?

England’s fixture will be shown live on ITV 4 and online on ITV X, with coverage starting from 4:15pm.

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Good afternoon

15:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Hello and welcome. England are back in action tonight as the Lionesses face Italy in the south of Spain.

Manager Sarina Wiegman is expected to “experiment” in the second of two friendly fixtures, following England’s 7-2 victory over Austria on Friday night.

Beth Mead and Alessia Russo both scored twice, while 20-year-old midfielder Grace Clinton marked her Lionesses debut with a goal.

England have been using a training camp in Marbella to have a look at some players in the Under-23s, who are also in Spain, and there could be further debutants against Italy.

The Lionesses will begin their qualifying campaign for Euro 2025 in April. You can follow live updates from tonight’s friendly in our match blog.