Both Italy and England face a huge task if they are to make it to the Euro 2016 final, with tournament favourites Spain, Germany and France all likely adversaries in the tournament knock-out phases.

Italy face the arguably tougher task, as they will play Spain in their final 16 match next Monday. England will play whoever comes second in Group F, with Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and Austria all possible adversaries. 

If Roy Hodgson's men make it through to the quarter-finals, they are then likely to face tournament hosts - and bookie favourites - France. 

The tournament bracket hasn't been kind to Italy or England. Photo: WikipediaThe tournament bracket hasn't been kind to Italy or England. Photo: Wikipedia

Italy are no better off. Assuming they beat Spain, they could then be matched against world champions Germany. 

Success for both teams would then see England and Italy face each other - and Malta grind to a halt - in the semi-final on Thursday 7 July.

The high-profile potential match-ups contrast with the other side of Euro 2016's knock-out tournament tree, which so far includes Switzerland, Poland, Croatia and Wales. 

 

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