The much anticipated game England vs Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place today at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The second Group D game following Uruguay vs Costa Rica earlier in the day has been heralded as the "game of the day," and rightly so.
England vs Italy is sure to offer some tense moments between the two teams, which most recently played 2-1 with a win in England's favor and before that a 0-0 draw in the European Championship.
Of 24 games played between the two rivals, England has won eight and Italy nine, with remaining seven games ending in draws, illustrating how evenly matched the two teams are in terms of both skill and nerve.
One player from each team is out with injury with perhaps Italy's top left defensman Mattia De Sciglio being the cause for most concern, as coach Cesrae Prandelli has to shuffle the defense line, a potential weakness that England is sure to capitalize on.
Depending on where you are, the England vs Italy game, refereed by Dutchman Bjorn Kuipers, can be watched on different TV channels and live streams online.
In the US, ESPN will air the game starting 5.30 p.m. ET / 2.30 a.m. PT, as well as online on its WatchESPN and ESPN3 live stream.
UK viewers can watch the game on the BBC broadcast, which is also streaming online free at 11 p.m. BST.
The full World Cup schedule for the four games on Saturday is as follows:
Colombia vs Greece at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – 12 p.m. ET – ABC
Uruguay vs Costa Rica at Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil – 3 p.m. ET – ABC
England vs Italy at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil – 6 p.m. ET – ESPN
Ivory Coast vs Japan at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil – 9 p.m. ET – ESPN