Italy and England are two historic teams, who have not done very well in the Euro Cups. Only Italy has raised one, in 1968, but this Sunday one of the two will be redeemed and can become champion. Italy and England have met in 27 games, the Italians have won 11 games to 8 for the English. In recent tournaments they have not met, we must go back to the 2014 World Cup to see their last match in a competition. We are going to review what happened in that game and in the rest of the last games.
England v Italy – International Friendly / Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
The last duel between these two teams ended in a draw with goals from Vardy and Insigne. The latter will be on the pitch this Sunday in the final. In 2018 England had not yet exploited many of the young talents that today make up the national team and who have given them the leap in quality.
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To see another confrontation between these two teams, you have to go back to 2015, in another confrontation in which both teams tied. The goals were from Pellé for the Italians and from Towsend for the English. Kane, Henderson, Chiellini and Bonucci were already playing.
England v Italy: Group D – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil / Christopher Lee / Getty Images
At the 2014 World Cup, neither Italy nor England left a big mark, yet they faced each other in the group stage in a good match. Marchisio opened the can, tied Sturridge for the English and Balotelli gave the victory for the Italians in 49.
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England had a chance to get revenge for their defeat at the European Championship a few months later. De Rossi put the Italians ahead, but the English came back with goals from Jagielka and Defoe.
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Italy and England met in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 in a match that had to be decided on penalties. Pirlo beat Hart de Panenka and managed to offset the English who missed two penalties.