England was relegated from their Uefa Nations League group following a humiliating loss to Italy in Milan.
The San Siro game finally came to life after the interval, thanks to a great goal from Giacomo Raspadori in the 68th minute. England’s losing record has reached five games, their worst since June 2014.
In place of the injured Jordan Pickford, Raspadori displayed quick control and a vicious right-foot finish that left Nick Pope no chance.
Manager Gareth Southgate stuck with Harry Maguire despite his problems at Manchester United.
The defender had one nervous early moment when West Ham United attacker Gianluca Scammaca beat him in the air at the far post, but Pope and the woodwork stopped his header.
Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy made a superb double save to deny England’s Harry Kane, but the host team also had opportunities in the frantic finish.