10 interesting stats ahead of England vs Italy

1 – England have won only 1 of 7 competitive matches versus Italy. That was a qualifier for the 1978 World Cup. Italy were the winners in the 1990 third-place playoff whilst England were beaten on penalties in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after a 0-0 draw.

1.91 – Only Brazil (2.23) and Germany (2.01) average more points per game at World Cups than Italy.

2 – England have only lost two of their last 16 World Cup matches excluding penalty shoot-outs (W7, D7).

7 – England have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 10 World Cup group games.

7 – Italy enter the World Cup winless in 7 games (2 qualifiers, 5 friendlies).

10 – England have been involved in more 0-0 draws than any other nation at World Cup finals.

14 – England have lost fewer matches at World Cups than any of the 8 nations to have previously won the tournament. Italy are on 15 losses in their 17 tournaments.

14 – Italy have scored in each of their last 14 games at World Cups, the longest current run.

21 – Italy have drawn more games at World Cup finals than any other nation.

140 – Only Spain’s Iker Casillas (154) and Japan’s Yasuhito Endō (144) enter the 2014 World Cup with more international caps than Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

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