INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL - FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 (JUNE)

FIFA WORLD CUP - England lost to Italy 1-2.

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15.06.2014 : ENGLAND 1-2 ITALY (FT)
ENG: Sturridge 37'
ITA: Marchisio 35', Balotelli 50'
England :Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge.

Italy: Sirigu, Darmian, Paletta, Barzagli, Chiellini, Verratti, Pirlo, De Rossi, Candreva, Balotelli, Marchisio....Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

PREVIEW - ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Revenge is there for the taking when England take on Italy in a high-profile Group D clash tonight at 3.30am (tomorrow early morning). Having crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties against the same opponents, the Three Lions are underdogs to make amends with a victory that would set them up perfectly for the apparent "Groups of Death" which also feature Uruguay and Costa Rica.

England (probables) : Hart, Baines, Jagielka, Cahill, Johnson, Henderson, Gerrard, Welbeck,Rooney, Adam, Sturridge.
Italy (probables) : Buffon, Chiellini, Paletta, Barzagli, Darmian, Pirlo, De Rossi, Verratti, Marchisio Candreva, Balotelli.

Despite winning just one of their last eight games coming into the tournament, the Azzurri are favourites to come out on top when it matters in Manaus. 2 years ago, though they had lost on penalties, Roy Hodgson's men were thoroughly outclassed by the Italians throughout the 120 minutes. Hodgson set a very defensive lineup for the match that was the main reason that the match was not decided till the penalty shootout.

OVER ALL HEAD 2 HEAD - 24 : England - Win 8, Draw 7, lost 9, GF - 30, GA - 27
In World Cup : 07 July 1990 - 3rd/4th place, Italy 2-1 England

ALL TIME WORLD CUP PERFORMANCE - ENGLAND :: STAT - Laltu Chakrabarty

Year Pos Stage	     PTS  GP	W   D	L  GS	GA  GD	
1950 8	 1st Round   2	  3	1   0	2  2	2   0	
1954 7	 QF	     3	  3	1   1	1  8	8   0	
1958 11  1st Round   3	  4	0   3	1  4	5   -1	
1962 8	 QF	     3	  4	1   1	2  5	6   -1	
1966 1   Final 	     11	  6	5   1	0  11	3   8	
1970 8	 QF	     4	  4	2   0	2  4	4   0	 
1982 6	 2nd Round   8	  5	3   2	0  6	1   5	
1986 8	 QF	     5	  5	2   1	2  7	3   4	
1990 4	 3rd Place   9	  7	3   3	1  8	6   2	 
1998 9	 R of 16     7	  4	2   1	1  7	4   3	
2002 6	 QF	     8	  5	2   2	1  6	3   3	
2006 7	 QF	     11	  5	3   2	0  6	2   4	
2010 13	 R of 16     5	  4	1   2	1  3	5   -2	

  ALL TIME WORLD CUP PERFORMANCE - ENGLAND :: STAT - Laltu Chakrabarty 

Year Pos Stage PTS GP W D L GS GA GD 1934 1 Final 9 5 4 1 0 12 3 9 1938 1 Final 8 4 4 0 0 11 5 6 1950 7 1st Round 2 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 1954 10 1st Round 2 3 1 0 2 6 7 -1 1962 9 1st Round 3 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 1966 9 1st Round 2 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 1970 2 Final 8 6 3 2 1 10 8 2 1974 10 1st Round 3 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 1978 4 3rd Place 9 7 4 1 2 9 6 3 1982 1 Final 11 7 4 3 0 12 6 6 1986 12 R of 16 4 4 1 2 1 5 6 -1 1990 3 3rd Place 13 7 6 1 0 10 2 8 1994 2 Final 14 7 4 2 1 8 5 3 1998 5 QF 11 5 3 2 0 8 3 5 2002 15 R of 16 4 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 2006 1 Final 17 7 5 2 0 12 2 10 2010 26 1st Round 2 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1

However this time, Hodgson is unlikely to take such a negative approach considering their opponents’ evident defensive frailty and the influx of talented attacking players now at his disposal. With the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all joining the squad after extremely successful seasons for their clubs, the English attack might just prove too hot to handle for a backline that has kept just one clean sheet in their last nine.

WARM-UP MATCH RESULTS - ENGLAND

30/05/14 : England (3-0) Peru
ENG : D. Sturridge 32', G. Cahill 65', Jagielka 70'

05.06.2014: Ecuador ( 2-2 ) England
ECU : E. Valencia 8', M. Arroyo 70'
ENG : W. Rooney 51' R. Lambert 51'

08.06.2014: England ( 0-0 ) Honduras

WARM-UP MATCH RESULTS - ITALY

01.06.2014 : Italy ( 0-0 ) N.Ireland

05.06.2014: Italy ( 1-1 ) Luxembourg
ITL : C. Marchisio 9'
LUX : M. Chanot 85'

Then there's the ever hungry Wayne Rooney who is desperate to get his first World Cup goal having failed to find the back of the net in the previous two editions.

But then again, with a defense which boasts of Giorgio Chiellini,Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, this might just be a slump in form for the Italians and it might only be a matter of time, when they would set things straight. The Azzurri with the trio of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchissio and Daniel de Rossi are expected to rule the midfield as the English surprisingly do not even have a single deep lying midfielder in their entire squad. Gerrard is expected to play ahead of the back four, but that is not his conventional position. So Gareth Barry or Michael Carrick might just be missed in this World Cup campaign, especially when they're pitted in such a tough group.

The centre back pair of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka will have their work cut out against the reliable yet mercurial forward Mario Balotelli. Also it will be interesting to see whether coach Cesare Prandelli will start Ciro Immobile ahead of Antonio Cassano and Lorenzo Insigne alongside Super Mario. The 24 year old striker has been in superb form this season, having grabbed the Golden Boot in Serie A scoring 22 goals in 33 games for Torino.

If Italy manages to sort out their defense, it might prove to be one long night for the Three Lions, who, after a very long time, do not carry the tag of an 'overhyped team', as has been the case in the last few editions. Each time, they had proved all wrong in a negative way, their best finish being quarter finalists in the last four editions. The bookmakers have all but put their money on England being knocked out in the group stage itself but the 2014 World Cup might just turn out to be the one tournament where they have the chance of defying their critics, this time in a positive way.