England vs Italy
It’s finally happening. England are set to take part in their first major tournament final since all the way back in 1966.
Gareth Southgate’s side would face off with Denmark on Wednesday in just their third-ever European Championship semi-final – the previous coming all the way back in 1996.
Vs Denmark though, the Three Lions would dominate for large stretches and eventually come away with a 2-1 win after extra time.
The Danes took the lead in the tie, but an own goal and then a Harry Kane strike in first-half extra time saw England advance.
England will now host Roberto Mancini’s Italy at Wembley on Sunday, July 11th.
The Azzurri have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament and have won every single one of their matches this summer.
And, whilst England have been impressive this summer so far, Italy are probably the favourites for the final.
England’s record vs Italy
Now, ahead of the showdown at Wembley, we take a look at England’s head-to-head record with Italy.
And, in truth, it is really not great from an England perspective.
All told, England and Italy have faced off 27 times in official matches throughout history.
England have won eight of those matches, with Italy coming out on top 11 times and the remaining eight matches ending in draws.
And whilst that record does not look so bad on the surface, it is worth noting that most of England’s wins came before 1980, with the Three Lions beating Italy just once in all competitions this century.
The record gets even worse when you look at the pair’s previous matches at major tournaments.
England lost 1-0 in the group stages at Euro 1980, 2-1 in a World Cup 3rd place play-off in 1990, 4-2 on penalties at the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and then 2-1 in the 2014 World Cup group stages.