Here, PA looks back at some classic encounters between the Three Lions and the Azzurri.
Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale, Turin, May 16, 1948
Tom Finney scored a brace in a masterful performances as England thrashed their hosts for a stylish and destructive victory. Still England's record win over Italy, this was a potent performance and result – rounded off by goals for Stan Mortensen and Tommy Lawton.
England 0 Italy 1, Wembley, November 14, 1973
Sir Bobby Moore was unable to bring the curtain down on his glittering England career in a manner befitting its greatest exploits, as the hosts endured a galling defeat. Less than a month after Poland had dashed England's chances of World Cup qualification, here was the World Cup-winning captain bowing out with a frustrating loss.
Italy 0 England 0, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, October 11, 1997
Captain Paul Ince invoked memories of Terry Butcher's famed 1989 head wound by ending this World Cup qualifier in similarly blood-soaked fashion. The goalless draw allowed Glenn Hoddle's England to squeeze ahead of Italy for automatic qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France. Ince's bandaged head and blood-stained shirt proved eerily reminiscent of Butcher's horrid head injury, that he had played on through when England drew 0-0 with Sweden in Stockholm. This was also to become Paul Gascoigne's last competitive match for England, with the midfield star later overlooked for a World Cup berth.
England 0 Italy 0 (2-4 penalties), Kiev, June 24, 2012
Another in the almost-endless stream of English penalty shoot-out defeats, this time Roy Hodgson's side were floored by Andrea Pirlo's impudent Panenka spot-kick. A regimented England battled manfully to preserve a stalemate at the end of extra time – but after that it was the same old penalty story.
England 1 Italy 2, Manaus, Brazil, June 14, 2014
Mario Balotelli bagged the winner in this World Cup match and one week later England exited a World Cup at the group stages for the first time since 1958. Daniel Sturridge had cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's opener before Balotelli intervened. Manager Roy Hodgson lamented a "very, very bitter pill" for England to swallow amid an insipid exit.