ITALY 2 ENGLAND 0 – World Cup Qualifier – 17th November 1976, Olympic Stadium, Rome

10 years earlier, England were proudly proclaimed as champions of the World. Following this horrific afternoon in Rome, the Three Lions had never looked further away from winning the World Cup again. A comprehensive defeat to Italy meant that England would now need a minor miracle to make it to the finals in Argentina and

ENGLAND 3 ITALY 2 – US Bicentennial Tournament – Yankee Stadium, New York – 28th May 1976

With England fully in preparation mode for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier in Finland, and with Italy their main rival in the quest to qualify for Argentina 1978, Don Revie went back to experimental mode for the second match of the 1976 US Bicentennial tournament. Following on from the heartbreak of a last minute loss

1974 World Cup – Game 2

Whilst Scotland and Brazil kicked each other into submission, Yugoslavia were taking control of Group 2 and putting themselves in pole position for a place in the last eight by demolishing Zaire in Gelsenkirchen. After Scotland had declared at two in their clash, Yugoslavia knew what they needed to do to ensure their World Cup

ENGLAND 0 ITALY 1 International Friendly Wembley Stadium 14th November 1973

Despite the failure to qualify for the World Cup, Sir Alf Ramsey was still in charge for the visit of Italy for this friendly. The writing was on the wall though and another failure saw the final nail, if not hammered into the coffin, at least tapped in to position. Sir Alf seemed to believe

ITALY 2 ENGLAND 0 International Friendly Le Stadio Communale, Turin 4th June 1973

Sir Alf Ramsey by this time must have been wondering when the pain would stop, as England played another friendly on the way home from Eastern Europe, dropping into Turin for a fixture against Italy. The match saw Bobby Moore earn his record breaking 107th cap, but was memorable for no other reason. ITV showed