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England's first trip to Italy

August 16, 2012
By Jon Carter
Former Prime Minister and bastion of all things English, Sir Winston Churchill, once exclaimed "Italians lose wars as if they were football matches, and football matches as if they were wars", while many years later, Gianluca Vialli, wrote in his book 'The Italian Job' that "the Italians play with their heads, and the English play with their hearts". When the two nations met for the first time in pre-war conditions in Rome on May 13, 1933, it was an affair to remember.

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