England debutant Ledley King came on as Sven Goran Eriksson swapped nine of his team at half-time against Italy and had a solid game at centre-half alongside Middlesbrough's Ugo Ehiogu.
King could even have capped his debut with a goal when early in the second half he brought down a half-clearance on the edge of the Italian area and unleashed a fierce shot that keeper Gianluigi Buffon did well to hold on to.
Teddy Sheringham came on after 70 minutes for Trevor Sinclair but with Italy having most of the posession was unable to exert too much influence on the game, as England went down 2-1.
Whilst Sheringham and King suffered at the hands of a late Italy penalty, Germany's Christian Ziege was leading his team to a 4-2 win over Kasey Keller's USA.
Given the honour of captain for the night, Ziege led by example when he smashed home a 30-yard free-kick past team-mate Keller to stir the German's into action. They scored three further goals before Everton's Joe Max Moore pulled a goal back.
Simon Davies played a full game for Wales as they held the Czech Republic to a 0-0 draw and earned his fourth cap.
The midfielder helped Mark Hughes men to their eighth draw in 11 games in what has been something of a revival of Welsh football fortunes.
Spurs many internationals experienced mixed results in last night's friendlies, with only one able to boast a win.