England U20 will face Italy U20 at Estadio Único in the FIFA U20 World Cup last 16 on Wednesday.
The pan-European clash is expected to be thrilling. England have yet to lose to Italy in this category. The two teams have met five times, with their match statistics overwhelmingly in favor of England. England topped Group E with seven points, notably beating the group’s second-highest side Uruguay 3-2.
However, it is not expected to be a walk in the park for the Three Lions given Italy’s run in the tournament so far. In Group D, they finished second with six points behind Brazil, whom they beat 3:2. England must be prepared to take on Italy’s fierce and provocative defense to push through.
Italy has yet to win the title. According to coach Carmine Nunziata, this is their main goal for this year. The team’s attack is as good as their back half, with Chelsea-owned Cesare Casadei currently the tournament’s top scorer with four goals. He is the main threat that England’s defenders have to deal with.
The Gli Azzurrini have not forgotten their heartbreaking 2-1 loss to England in the 2022 European Under-19 Championship semi-final last June. While Nunziata insist they are not out for revenge, another defeat at the hands of England would generate plenty of negative headlines at home.
England U-20 vs Italy U-20: TV Channel and Live Streaming
Argentina: DIRECTV Sports Argentina, TyC Sports 2, TyC Sports Play, Star+
Canada: RDS App, TSN2, TSN+
Dominican Republic: TUDN, Star+
Egypt: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 3
France: The Team Web
Italy: RAI Sport 1, RaiPlay
Mexico: Star+, TUDN Live, VIX+, TUDN
New Zealand: SKY Go NZ
Portugal: RTP Play
Saudi Arabia: beIN SPORTS CONNECT
South Sudan: beIN Sports Premium 3, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Switzerland: RAI Sports 1
United Arab Emirates: beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports Premium 3
USA: Fubo (free trial), Telemundo Sports Live.