From a night in Rome to Pirlo’s Panenka – the classic England-Italy encounters


By Press Association 2021

Paul Ince celebrates with Steve McManaman in Rome

England have reached the Euro 2020 final where they will face Italy at Wembley on Sunday.
It will be the 28th meeting between the two nations, the most recent three years ago in London when Jamie Vardy’s first match was called off by a penalty from Lorenzo Insigne.
Here, the PA News Agency examines five memorable clashes between the teams ahead of Sunday’s final.

England 1 Italy 2 – June 14, 2014

Mario Balotelli condemns England to defeat
Mario Balotelli condemned England to defeat (Nick Potts / PA)

It was the Italians who kept their cool in the sweltering heat of Manaus when Mario Balotelli’s second-half header sentenced Roy Hodgson’s men to victory in their 2014 World Cup opener. in a tricky group, Claudio Marchisio pulled Italy ahead after 35 minutes after Raheem Sterling’s long-range strike hit the side net. Daniel Sturridge called off the first game before half-time, but Balotelli had the last laugh with a point-blank effort that saw the Three Lions produce their worst World Cup performance.

England 0 Italy 0 (Italy wins 4-2 on penalties) – June 24, 2012

England withdrew from Euro 2012 after another disappointment on penalties. With Hodgson succeeding Fabio Capello a month before the tournament started, a quarterfinal outing was a respectable performance – but the Azzurri were a class above during 120 minutes of football in Kiev. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole failed on the spot while Andrea Pirlo’s lavish Panenka showed the difference in quality between the teams.

Italy 0 England 0 – 11 October 1997

“… And then one night in Rome, we were strong – we had grown up. Glenn Hoddle’s team produced a performance that inspired this line in the reissue of “Three Lions” and secured World Cup qualification. Demanding a point to qualify for France 98, the Three Lions did the job with Paul Ince, night captain, leaving the field full time with a bloodstained bandage around his head.

Italy 2 England July 1 – 7, 1990

Italy and England both felt like the bridesmaids after coming into the third-place game at Italia 90 after painful defeats in the World Cup semi-finals. In what would prove Peter Shilton’s last appearance for his country, the 125-caps veteran was at fault for Roberto Baggio’s opener. David Platt capped a fine individual tournament with another goal, but a shot on goal from Salvatore Schillaci earned the hosts a victory that secured them third place.

Italy 1 England 0 – 15 June 1980

Former England manager Ron Greenwood
Ron Greenwood saw his England team fail to make an impact at the 1980 European Championships, which were held in Italy (PA Archive / PA)

Ron Greenwood watched his side struggle to create chances against a typically strong Italian defense before Marco Tardelli’s second-half goal ended England’s hopes of advancing to the 1980 European Championships. Tardelli midfielder shot from close range to seal a narrow victory that kept the Italians in the race for home glory. England withdrew from the eight-team tournament in the group stage, while Italy could only reach the play-off for third place, eventually beaten on penalties by the Czech Republic.


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