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World Cup Insight: England v Italy head-to-heads

Date: 25th December 2013 at 4:26pm
Written by Daniel Eyre

England have finally learnt who they will be playing in the World Cup group stages in six months time, with Italy the opponents in their opening match. It will be a tough test for Hodgson, who was knocked out of Euro 2012 by the Italians on penalties, after being outplayed during a goalless 120 minutes. Two years later and the two countries will once again face off in front of the world’s gazing eyes. Here we look at some of the key matchups, where the match could be won or lost. A match that is set to display some of the best European footballers on the biggest of stages, who will get the better of their opponent? Buffon v ? He has been one of the best goalkeepers in world football for years, Gianluigi Buffon has been winning individual awards for the last 10 years, and has been right in the centre of all debates over who is the best shot stopper on the globe. Italy’s World Cup winning keeper in 2006, the Juventus star has dominated the number 1 shirt for the Azzuri for over a dozen years, with only injuries keeping him out of the national side. Who knows who his opposite number will be in Manuas. Joe Hart ... Read More

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