England vs. Italy: Simulating World Cup Group D Opener Using 'FIFA 14'

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Wayne Rooney in action during the England training session ahead of their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil against Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 13, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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England head into the World Cup as a second-seed side with grounded expectations. Certainly a refreshing approach for the Three Lions, who will be tested against Italy, a side who possesses the habit of coming good at major tournaments.

Both Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli know three points are vital during the first Group D match. Further clashes against Uruguay and Costa Rica make for a tough quartet in which mistakes could be vital. Will England overcome the side that knocked them out of Euro 2012 on penalties? While there's no spot-kicks for the nation to worry about this time, they will need to hit the ground running.

We provided the tie with a spot of FIFA 14 simulation treatment. Can either team gain the advantage? Let's take a look.


England vs. Italy: FIFA 14 Highlights

FIFA Simulation Final: England 0, Italy 0

We all knew this would happen, didn't we? While both teams wanted a win, not losing was the main focus here. Boy, did it show. There were few chances to get excited about, although Joe Hart's heroics kept England in the game. Will the Manchester City man prove to be the hero in reality?

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