England team home after defeat

The England team has returned home following their Euro 2012 defeat against Italy. Earlier Steven Gerrard told reporters at a press conference he "loved" the experience of being England captain and he intends to carry on in the role.

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England Vs Italy: The facts

England have played the four-time World Cup winners Italy on 22 occasions, winning seven. The FA have published ten more facts about the fixture - here's the top five:

  • Italy have won the World Cup four times and the European Championship once – when they hosted the four-team tournament in 1968. They won their semi-final with the Soviet Union on the toss of a coin after a 0-0 draw in Naples!
  • Neither England nor Italy entered the first European Championship in 1958-60, then known as the ‘European Nations Cup’.
  • England and Italy have met on 22 occasions, initially in a Rome friendly in 1933 that finished 1-1. England’s record is won seven, drawn six and lost nine.
  • England have only won one of their last nine matches with Italy, 2-0 in ‘Le Tournoi’ in Nantes 15 years ago.
  • Despite having an Italian manager for four years, England and Italy haven’t played each other since 2002. The Italians edged a friendly 2-1 at Elland Road.

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