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Tuesday, 14 November, 2000, 11:38 GMT
Italy v England past meetings
Paul Ince and Paul Gascoigne
Ince and Gazza celebrate after Rome triumph
England and Italy are arch rivals when it comes to international fixtures and temporary manager Peter Taylor could hardly have a more daunting test in his first match in charge.

The countries have met 20 times in the past with honours even. Each has won seven games while the remaining six ended in draws.

The teams last clash on 10 November, 1997 in Rome in World Cup qualifying match which ended 0-0 and was enough to send England into the finals.

Since then, the fortunes of each country have gone in opposing directions.

England have fallen apart since with a dismal showing at Euro 2000, a tournament which saw the Italians miss out in the final by the narrowest of margins.

They were beaten by France in the final after being just moments away from winning the competition. Arsenal's Sylvain Wiltord equalised for France at the death and David Trezeguet's golden goal broke Italian hearts. Click here for Euro 2000 match report

The agonising defeat for Italy in Paris led to the resignation of coach Dino Zoff, who was replaced by the experienced Giovanni Trapattoni.

  Italy v England facts
Previous meetings
England won 7
Italy won seven
Six games drawn
England 28
Italy 23

Italy have got off to a bright start under Trapattoni after a draw and two wins in World Cup qualifiers.

A win in this encounter due to the rivalry between the teams would certainly go a long way to winning some more fans for the Italian boss.

England will be aiming to upset the form book and have their own agenda as they aim to show the quality of their up-and-coming brigade in Turin.

We provide an insight into some of the best meetings between the two as well as detailing the results.

Turin, 1948

The two teams have met four times in Turin with England's most emphatic and arguably best win coming in 1948 when they won 4-0.

With Frank Swift proving unbeatable in goal, Stan Mortensen produced a goal of excellent quality. Positioned on the right-hand goal line, he shot into the near top corner.

A brace for Tom Finney and a goal for the enigmatic Stanley Matthews later and England had recorded a memorable win.

Rome, 1961

The setting for England's last triumph against their fierce rivals in Italy when they emerged 3-2 winners.

England went 2-1 down but levelled when Gerry Hitches scored his second of the game and it was left to former Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves to earn victory when he produced the winner five minutes from time.

Turin, 1973

Italy avenged the 1948 defeat by ending 40 years of without a win against England.

Italy produced a 2-0 win with goals from Pietro Anstasi and Fabio Capello, who was linked briefly to taking over the England managerial reins after Kevin Keegan's demise.

Wembley, 1977

A vital World Cup qualifying 2-0 win for England with Keegan converting Trevor Brooking's cross to open the scoring.

The two swapped roles for the second striker when Keegan played Brooking through for the former west Ham hitman to beat Dino Zoff in the Italian goal. Nevertheless, Italy won the World Cup qualifying group on goal difference.

Bari, 1990

This was the play-off match for third place in the 1990 World Cup finals after England narrowly failed to make the final after a loss to Germany on penalties.

Current Nottingham Forest manager David Platt responded to Italian Roberto Baggio putting his side in front.

The tournament's eventual top scorer Toto Schillaci then scored the winner with his sixth goal of the World Cup with a penalty conceded by Paul Parker.

Wembley, 1997

Italy inflicted the first defeat of former England manager Glenn Hoddle's tenure with a solitary one gaol victory.

The game heralded Matthew Le Tissier first England start for two years and, while he missed his opportunities in front of goal, Italy proved clinical.

Present Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola scored the winner after 18 minutes with goalkeeper Ian Walker being heavily blamed for letting in the decisive strike.

Nantes, 1997

A first win for England against Italy in 20 years and it came at the Le Tournoi tournament in France.

Alan Shearer was absent for this game and his replacement Ian Wright put England into the lead before Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes completed the win with a debut goal.

Rome, 1997

The crucial World Cup qualifying decider with the winners guaranteeing passage to the France 98 finals while the losers were to be consigned to the play-offs.

England needed just a point from the game and produced a thoroughly professional performance to keep the Italians at bay with Ian Wright going close at the other end when his shot hit the post.

Angelo di Livio was sent-off in a game in which Paul Ince played partly with a blood-stained bandage while Paul Gascoigne, a favourite with former Italian club Lazio, had an influential part.

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