It’s blockbuster time as England take field against Italy in a Group D contest. Both teams will be looking to start their campaign on a winning note and move forward to next round. England and Italy have faced each other 24 times with Italy winning on nine occasions, England on eight and seven games resulted in draws. Here are some more facts about the two teamsAlso Read - 821 Sportspersons Are Getting Lifelong Pension, Says Sports Minister

1: England have lost only two games out of their last 16 World Cup fixtures, winning seven and holding to equal number of draws. Also Read - Alvaro Morata's Late Goal Books Spain's Ticket to World Cup Finals

2: Under coach Roy Hodgson England have lost only one out of 15 overseas matches. Also Read - England vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India: When and Where to Watch ENG vs SL Live Stream Cricket Match Online on Disney+ Hotstar; TV Telecast on Star Sports

3: England’s defender Luke Shaw (born 12 July 1995) is the second youngest player at the 2014 World Cup after Cameroon’s Fabrice Olinga (born 12 May 1996).

4: In last five attempts Italy emerged unbeaten in World Cup qualifying for the fourth time.

5: In each of Italy’s last 14 games at the World Cup they have managed to score. The last time Italy failed to do so was against France in 1998.

6: Last time England and Italy faced each other at the World Cup was in the third place play-off in 1990. Italy won that game 2-1.

7: Out of last 11 internationals played between the two sides England have emerged winners only twice.

8: Last time these two teams met in a friendly England defeated Italy 2-1 in Switzerland in August 2012.

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