By Football Italian staff Italia’s top footballers will take to the pitch against England at Euro 2020 on Saturday in a clash which will mark the first time in nearly four decades that the two sides have faced each other.
The teams have not met since a 1-0 defeat at Euro 2000, when Italy won 1-1.
The first meeting between the two was also in 1998.
The second time they met in 2002, they went into the semi-finals.
The last meeting was in 1974, when England beat Italy 3-2 in the quarter-finals in Rome.
Both teams will be under new manager Antonio Conte, who has spent time as a player with Italy and as a coach with France.
Conte is not the first coach to have taken charge of a World Cup squad.
In addition to winning Euro 2020, the two teams will meet in the first-ever European Under-21 Championship, which will be held in June.
Conterio, who will also take charge of the Italy squad for the Euros, was a coach at the 1998 World Cup.
The English have had three World Cup wins, two at the last two tournaments, and three in a row at home.
The only other time they have reached the quarter final in a tournament was in 2002 when they lost to France.
Conte’s team has been one of the most successful squads of all time, winning all three domestic championships, but their form has not always been on par with their European rivals.
After the World Cup, the Italians had their best run of form in years.
They qualified for the group stages of the 2018 European Championship, and went on to win the tournament after beating Spain.
In the 2019 World Cup quarter-final, they defeated Portugal 4-1 to qualify for the 2019 Confederations Cup.
After two straight wins in the semi finals of the European Championships, Italy were eliminated from the tournament in 2018, and the same year were beaten by Germany.
Italy have won all but one of their last five European Championships under Conte and are one of three teams to have qualified for Euro 2020.
The others are Austria and Belgium.