10 interesting stats from England 1-2 Italy

1 – Raheem Sterling was the only player to receive a yellow card. There was little dirty play from either side.

9 – Wayne Rooney has now failed to score in all 9 World Cup matches the Manchester United striker has played in. He has been shut out against Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, Ecuador, Portugal, USA, Algeria, Slovenia, Germany and now Italy.

15 – England have now been beaten 15 times in the history of the World Cup, on par with both Brazil and Italy.

15 – Italy have now scored in 15 consecutive matches at World Cup finals, ever since they were shut out by France in the quarter-finals of France ’98 – a national record.

19 – At the age of 19 years and 188 days, Raheem Sterling became the second youngest England international to start at a World Cup, behind Michael Owen who was 18 years and 194 days when starting against Colombia in France ’98.

20% – Steven Gerrard has now won 1 of only 5 World Cup games as captain. The England national team had been the bookmakers’ favourites for all five of these matches, although only slight favourites to beat Italy. They were odds-on favourites to beat both USA and Algeria and evens favourites to beat Germany four years ago.

28 – The 28th ranked nation in the world, Costa Rica top the group after the first round of games, ahead of three previous World Cup winners and nations who are all currently in FIFA’s top 10.

42% – England have now only won 9 of their last 19 matches in World Cup finals dating back to 1998. They did not even qualify for 1994.

1958 – England have not been eliminated from the opening group stage of a World Cup since 1958 in Sweden.

2006 – Italy’s 2-1 win over England was their first win in a World Cup since the semi-finals in 2006, and first win in 90 minutes since the quarter-final that year. Italy technically drew the final before winning on penalties and then picked up only 2 points in South Africa four years ago as defending champions.

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