England’s quest for World Cup glory aka an expected quarter final exit gets underway this weekend against a familiar foe in Italy and the vital clash will be shown in its entirety on TV and online.
All of this summer’s festivities will luckily be broadcast on free-to-air channels with the BBC and ITV both shouldering an equal amount of the responsibility to bring fans all the action.
The turn order between the two means that BBC gets the most high profile of the three group games and will show the match on TV on BBC One and online through BBC iPlayer on Saturday night.
Coverage starts of Match of the Day Live: England v Italy gets underway at 2220 with the action kicking off at 2300 and the programme itself running until 0130 the next morning due to the time different between the two countries.
It will give England fans the first chance to see how well Roy Hodgson’s noble charges cope with playing football in the sticky humidity of the Amazon rainforest in the late afternoon heat.
England’s last game at a major tournament at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine was against Italy at the quarter final stage and the team will be out for revenge after again exiting a tournament on penalty kicks.
Steven Gerrard leads the side into the jungle to take on an Italian side that made the final of that tournament and won the World Cup back in 2006 when a side led by Marcelo Lippi beat France in Berlin on spot kicks.
The two European team take part in the penultimate fixture of a day that gets underway with Colombia v Greece on BBC One at 1700 before England’s other group opponents Uruguay and Costa Rica start their campaign at 2000 on ITV.
So bookmark a link to the BBC iPlayer Watch Live option and check back on Saturday to catch the action.