10 Things You Need to Know About Cesare Prandelli's Italy

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10 Things You Need to Know About Cesare Prandelli's Italy
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Less than two weeks remain before Italy open their World Cup campaign with a meeting against England in a potentially difficult Group D.

With Uruguay also in their pool, the Azzurri face a difficult task if they are to progress to the knockout rounds, surely a must for a nation with such a proud history at football’s showpiece event.

Four years have passed since the last competition in South Africa, a tournament at which Italy failed to win a single match and limped home embarrassed by their displays. Much has changed since Marcello Lippi was replaced by Cesare Prandelli, and the former Fiorentina coach has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortune in the intervening years.

Over the following pages are 10 things those not familiar with this new-look Azzurri need to know before they take the field in Manaus on June 14.

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