England trump Italy 2-1, Argentina swat Germany 3-1
PARIS (AFP) - England pulled off their first victory over Italy in 15 years in a friendly on Wednesday, while visiting South American giants Argentina and Brazil notched up comfortable victories over Germany and Sweden.
A stunning Jermaine Defoe strike 10 minutes from time handed Roy Hodgson's England a 2-1 win, their first over the Italians since a 2-0 friendly victory in 1997 although it may not make up for the pain of June's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat on penalties to the same opponents.
England had to come from behind, with Daniele De Rossi heading in to give the Euro 2012 runners-up a 15th-minute lead before Phil Jagielka equalised 12 minutes later with another header.
But just when it appeared as if the match was petering out to a draw, Defoe finished off a counter-attack led by fellow substitute James Milner before sending a 20-yard shot arrowing into Salvatore Sirigu's top-left corner.