Italy have won 11 of their 27 games against England and, during one of their previous encounters, Federico Chiesa’s father Enrico clashed with Gareth Southgate who is now the Three Lions coach.
England have won eight games against the Azzurri with just as many draws.
The last time England and Italy met was in a pre-World Cup friendly in 2018 at Wembley Stadium.
Italy had not qualified for that edition of the World Cup and Luigi Di Biagio was the Azzurri’s interim coach.
It ended with a 1-1 draw with Jamie Vardy and Lorenzo Insigne who got their names on the scoresheet.
There was another stalemate between the Azzurri and the Three Lions on October 11, 1997, in a World Cup qualifier played in Rome.
Gareth Southgate started for England and Federico Chiesa’s father Enrico came off the bench in the second half to replace Filippo Inzaghi.
Chiesa, a Parma striker at that time, clashed with the current England coach after a reckless tackle from the latter.
The Italian striker pushed Southgate away and they were both shown a yellow card by referee Mario van der Ende.
Chiesa’s son Federico was born exactly two weeks after that game and will be one of the most significant threats for Southgate’s England on Sunday.
Chiesa has scored two goals in six appearances at the Euros.
Entriamo subito in clima #InghilterraItalia con questa gustosa legnata dell'attuale ct dell'Inghilterra al papà di Federico #Chiesa, da Italia-Inghilterra 0-0 dell'11 ottobre 1997. pic.twitter.com/p5tXxzkKP1
— Giuseppe Pastore (@gippu1) July 7, 2021