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Euro 2012 quarter-final: England v Italy
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England is expected to be unaffected for Sunday Euro 2012 quarter-final next to Italy in Kiev.Boss Roy Hodgson is probable to retain Danny Welbeck as Wayne Rooney striking associate and leave both Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott on the bench.Italy protector Giorgio Chiellini will miss the tie since of a thigh injury.The Juventus centre-back, 27, picked up the wound in Monday 2-0 group win over Ireland with Leonardo Bonucci set to take his place next to England.The scan he underwent confirmed it is a strain. He will surely miss the game on Sunday side doctor Enrico Castellacci said.Obviously in a rivalry like this you have to try all to have him back as quickly as probable but we will nottake any unnecessary risks with his muscles."Castellacci dismissed concerns that Chiellini's injury was a recurrence of the difficulty that had made him uncertain for the contest.
Cesare Prandelli famous victory next to Ireland by embarking on a 3am walk to a local monastery, custody his assure that Italy education staff would make the 13-mile trek if they reached the quarter-finals. They did not go back to their Krakow hotel until 7am, and could be in for an additional late nighttime in Sunday quarter-final, which won't finish until gone midnight if extra-time is necessary.And with neither side audacity particularly imposing penalty shoot-out minutes, Prandelli will no doubt hope for some heavenly interference if the match is established from 12 yards.
Many England fans will have famous avoiding Group C winners Spain, but in conditions of international pedigree it's very much a case of what Italians call out of the frying pan into the fire. Four-time world champions, Italy may infrequently slip-up in the collection phase of tournaments, but in the latter stages they are extremely hard to beat.Exclusive of penalties, they have lost just two knock-out sport in 24 years - a contentious loss to South Korea at the 2002 World Cup, plus defeat to France in the final of Euro 2000. The USSR was the last team to beat the Azzurri in a knock-out game with no needing extension or penalties.In contrast, England have not beaten one of world football's heavyweights in a competitive game since victory against Argentina at the 2002 World Cup. Their last knock-out win against a nation of similar stature is the slightly fortuitous penalty shoot-out triumph against Spain at Euro 96.
Time : 18:45 GMT
Date : Jun 24, 2012