England v Italy: 5 past meetings
England past meetings ahead of Italy clash
England reached the final of the European Championship for the first time on Wednesday night and standing in their way of a first major trophy in 55 years is Italy.
However, they have not defeated the Italians in a competitive match since a World Cup qualifying win in 1977 and you can read about Sunday’s final in our Italy v England betting tips.
Here, we look at England past meetings with Italy throughout the years.
England 1 Italy 2 – June 14 2014
It was the Italians who kept their cool in the sweltering heat in Manaus when Mario Balotelli’s header in the second half consigned Roy Hodgson’s men to defeat in their 2014 World Cup opener.
Put in a tricky group, Claudio Marchisio fired Italy in front after 35 minutes after Raheem Sterling’s long-range strike had hit the side-netting.
Daniel Sturridge cancelled out the opener before half-time but Balotelli had the final say with a close-range effort which set the wheels in motion for the Three Lions to produce their worst showing at a World Cup.
England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) – June 24 2012
England bowed out of Euro 2012 following more penalty shoot-out disappointment.
With Hodgson taking over from Fabio Capello a month before the tournament started, a quarter-final exit was a respectable performance – but the Azzurri were a class above during 120 minutes of football in Kiev.
Ashley Young and Ashley Cole failed from the spot while Andrea Pirlo’s sumptuous Panenka showed
the difference in quality between the teams.
Italy 0 England 0 – October 11 1997
“…And then one night in Rome, we were strong – we had grown.”
Glenn Hoddle’s team produced a performance that inspired that line in the re-release of ‘Three Lions’ and secured qualification for the World Cup.
Requiring a point to qualify for the France 98, the Three Lions got the job done with Paul Ince,
captain for the night, leaving the pitch at full-time with a blood-stained bandage around his head.
Italy 2 England 1 – July 7 1990
Italy and England were both left feeling like the bridesmaids after they contested the third-place play-off at Italia 90 following painful World Cup semi-final defeats.
In what would prove Peter Shilton’s last appearance for his country, the 125-cap veteran was at fault for Roberto Baggio’s opener.
David Platt capped a fine individual tournament with another goal – but a spot-kick by Salvatore Schillaci earned the hosts a victory which saw them secure third place.
Italy 1 England 0 – June 15 1980
To conclude our England past meetings, Ron Greenwood watched his side struggle to create chances against a typically rock solid Italian defence before Marco Tardelli’s second-half goal ended England’s hopes of progress at the 1980 European Championships.
Midfielder Tardelli fired in from close range to seal a narrow victory which kept the Italians in the hunt for glory on home soil.
England bowed out of the eight-team tournament in the group stage, while Italy could only reach the third-place play-off, eventually beaten on penalties by the Czech Republic.
Where: Wembley Stadium
When: 20:00, Wednesday 7th July
How to watch: BBC 1 and ITV
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication