It’s blue against white, the Three Lions against the Azzurri, Southgate against Mancini and It’s Coming Home against Po Po Po Po.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about English vs. Italian football … and some things you don’t know.
England the three lions
Italy Gli Azzurri (The Blues)
England Since their first game in 1872 against Scotland, England have qualified for the World Cup final 15 times, won it once in 1966 and finished fourth in 1990 and 2018. The team s ‘has qualified 10 times for the Euro, with her best performance to date. a third place in Italy in 1968 and a semi-final at home in 1996.
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Italy Since its first match in 1910, Italy has become one of the most successful nations in World Cup history, with four victories (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006). The team was present in 18 of the 21 tournaments, reaching six finals, a third place and a fourth place. Italy won the 1968 European Championships and participated in two more finals (2000 and 2012).
England Gareth Southgate, 50
A Man Utd supporter as he grew up in Crawley, West Sussex, Gareth was a county triple jump champion and one of the top 200m sprinters in his district.
At 14, he was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter disease, which involves inflammation of the bone in the leg.
He overcame difficulties to start his footballing career at Crystal Palace at the age of 18, which he managed to win the Premier League championship in 1994.
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He won the League Cup with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, for whom he also made the 2006 UEFA Cup final. Southgate made 57 appearances for England, in the 1998 World Cup, and Euros in 1996 – when he missed the penalty that knocked out England – and in 2000.
After ending his playing career in May 2006 at the age of 35, he managed Middlesbrough before facing England’s Under-21s and becoming England manager in 2016.
Italy Roberto Mancini, 56 years old
Was pronounced dead due to a blocked windpipe after birth, but came to life after a doctor slapped him in the face.
He grew up in the mountain town of Roccadaspide, in southwestern Italy, where he was an altar boy and played for a Catholic soccer team.
He was recruited by Bologna at the age of 13 and made his Serie A debut for the club at the age of 16 before moving to Sampdoria where he helped the team win the league title. Serie A, four Coppa Italia titles and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
He went on to win another Cup Winners’ Cup as well as two more Coppa Italia titles for Lazio.
He was selected 35 times for Italy, competing in Euro 1988 and the 1990 World Cup, reaching semi-finals in both tournaments.
Since the end of his playing career in 2001, he has managed seven clubs, including Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan and Manchester City.
… & their fashion
England Gareth Southgate ditched the vest he became famous for at the 2018 World Cup.
He’s now wearing an understated £ 680 navy suit made by his designer of choice for the tournament, London-based menswear brand Percival, as well as a lucky navy polka dot tie with a white pocket square.
Unlike the last World Cup, Gareth tends to wear his jacket throughout every game.
Italy Roberto Mancini, permanently tanned, wears a powder blue-gray Armani blazer, usually paired with a tailored white shirt and navy tie. The blazer comes off at the start of matches, revealing his Richard Mille watch in 18k gold, specially designed for the manager.
It has a dedicated dial to follow halftime, overtime and overtime.
England Harry Kane, 27
The Tottenham talisman is considered one of the best strikers in world football and proved his worth in the game against Denmark, tying Gary Lineker’s record 10 goals in an international competition.
Italy Giorgio Chiellini, 36 years old
The veteran defender will do almost anything to protect the goal. Nicknamed Gorilla because he celebrates his rare goals by slapping his chest.
England Has no mascot this year, but at Euro 2016 had Leo the Lion plush. The mascot was reportedly given to the player who performed the worst in training, and was pictured worn by John Stones, Chris Smalling and skipper Wayne Rooney.
Italy A Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog puppy, designed by the late Carlo Rambaldi. He won an Oscar for designing the film character ET.
England Having no national anthem of its own, the British anthem God Save The Queen has traditionally been used for international football matches.
Italy The Italians song has been sung for 75 years, but only became the official national anthem of Italy four years ago.
England Harry Kane had previously attributed a scoring streak to Spurs after giving up his razor, saying: “I haven’t shaved since my first goal… it’s a superstition that I keep.”
Kyle Walker has been wearing shin guards that he has had for 14 years. He has spaghetti bolognese the night before a game.
Luke Shaw wears socks adorned with his son’s face, Jack Grealish rolls up his socks until his shin guards are visible, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin never fails to eat a sack of Maltesers before every game.
Italy Its footballers are notoriously superstitious. Ex-manager Giovanni Trapatonni was pictured pouring holy water under the bench during a World Cup match. Mancini dabs wine behind his ear to ward off bad luck.
During a bad run at Man City, he banned players from wearing purple.
Players would be banned from talking about winning the Euro in case it brings bad luck.
England Cheering on the Three Lions from the stands, the wives and girlfriends of the England players include childhood sweethearts, a member of a girl group and a real estate mogul.
This week, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan Davison, who met him in high school, shared a video on Instagram of her and her compatriot WAG, Harry Maguire’s fiancee Fern Hawkins, on their way to Wembley together in a bus decorated with English flags and party balloons.
Others support their other halves, including Paige Milian, partner of Raheem Sterling, who has a real estate business, and Mason Mount’s girlfriend, Chloe Willeans-Watts, who is a member of London-based girl group 303.
Italy Among the Italian WAGS is Jessica Melena, half of Italy’s most glamorous couple with Lazio forward Ciro Immobile.
The brunette, who wanted to be a crime scene investigator before meeting Ciro and studying at the University of L’Aquila, often shares videos on her Instagram of her husband ignoring her because he is too engrossed in playing games. FIFA.
Others include Costa Rican Thessa Lacovich, who has dated Manuel Locatelli since meeting him in 2017, when she moved to Italy to start a media studies course.