Ahead of the Three Lions' meeting with Italy we have a look at some interesting match facts
England v Italy
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Group A match
7.30pm (BST), Wednesday 5 June 2013
Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Live on Sky Sports
England Under-21s take on Italy for the first time in over two years in their opening game at Euro 2013.
Here, we take a look at ten interesting facts from Three Lions v Azzurrini encounters...
- England have won just four of their 15 matches against Italy at Under-21s level.
- In their most recent match with Italy, in 2011, England Under-21s lost a friendly 1-0 in Empoli.
- England Under-21s met Italy in the new Wembley’s first official match in 2007. It was a 3-3 draw.
- Giampaolo Pazzini scored the new Wembley’s first-ever goal in that game in 2007. He went on to bag a hat-trick.
- The last England Under-21s player to score against Italy was Leroy Lita in Arnhem in 2007.
- Italy Under-21s have been European Champions five times, most recently in 2004.
- England Under-21s’ match with Italy in Monza in 2000 was abandoned after eleven minutes due to fog.
- Peter Taylor’s Under-21s beat Italy twice in 1997 without conceding a goal.
- The Italian Under-21s are known as the ‘Azzurrini’ or ‘Little Blues’.
- The Head Coach of the Italian Under-21s, Devis Mangia, managed Palermo in Serie A.
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