England take on Italy Costa Rica for their Group D opener. Costa Rica earlier beat Uruguay open up the group. Whoever goes above Uruguay and up with Costa Rica.

You can watch the live streaming of the England vs Italy match in India at livsports.in and for the viewers in USA, you can watch the match on Espn.go.com. Football  lovers can watch the live telecast of this match at Sony Six TV Channel.


England have only won two of their last 11 internationals against Italy (D3 L6), losing to them on penalties in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

The one previous World Cup meeting between these two former winners came in the third place play-off in 1990; Italy won 2-1.

England have only lost two of their last 16 World Cup games (W7 D7, including two penalty shoot-out defeats).

Excluding shootouts, England have scored all eight World Cup penalties.

Frank Lampard has had more shots without scoring than any other player at World Cups since 1966 (39 shots, no goals).

Wayne Rooney has not scored a goal in 594 minutes of World Cup football for the Three Lions.

England talisman Rooney has scored in all six competitive games since Euro 2012, however (seven goals).

Italy have scored in each of their last 14 games at the World Cup, the longest current run. The last time they failed to score was on 3 July 1998 against France.

Seven of Italy’s last 17 goals at the World Cup have been scored from corners (41%).

Italy have conceded 14 goals from outside the box at the World Cup, more than any other team since 1966.

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