England book berth to France with 0-0 draw

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England booked their passage to the World Cup finals in France next year when they drew 0-0 with Italy in a stormy European group two qualifier in Rome on Saturday which was marred by crowd trouble.

Their captain and former Inter Milan midfielder Paul Ince ended the match with his head bandaged and covered in blood after an early clash with Demetrio Albertini, and Italy's Angelo Di Livio was sent off for an unwieldy second half challenge on Sol Campbell.

Di Livio's Juventus team mate Alessandro Del Piero had what appeared to be a reasonable appeal for a penalty turned down and Christian Vieri headed inches wide deep into injury time.