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Euro 2012 - England v Italy preview

Ashley Young (credit: Getty Images)
England face Italy this Sunday night in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

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England boss Roy Hodgson expects to have all 23 members of his squad available for selection as England look to secure their first appearance in the semi-finals of a major tournament since Euro 1996.

The Three Lions are hoping Manchester United winger Ashley Young, who suffered a shin injury during the 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine, will be passed fit to play.

If he is, then Young may again be handed a place in Hodgson's starting line-up, with Wayne Rooney again set to start up front, likely alongside Man Utd team-mate Danny Welbeck.

England go into Sunday's game looking to improve their record at this stage of a major tournament as they have lost seven out of ten quarter-final games, with the 1966 and 1990 World Cups, in addition to Euro 96, the only exceptions.

In contrast, Italy have lost just two of nine quarter-finals at a major tournament - both on penalties (v Spain at Euro 2008 and v France at the 1998 World Cup).

The two sides have met just once before at European Championship finals, with Italy winning a group game in 1980 1-0.

Their last meeting was a friendly back in 2002, which Italy won 2-1, and in the last nine meetings between the two teams, England have won just once, drawing two and losing six.

On the last occasion England qualified for a European Championship tournament back in 2004, they lost at the quarter-final stage after losing a penalty shoot-out against hosts Portugal.

England have made a good start under Hodgson, but the Azzurri are unbeaten in 13 competitive games under Cesare Prandelli, winning nine and drawing four.

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