Italy have qualified as winners from Group B in the UEFA qualifying section for the 2014 World Cup. The Italians won a Group B, ahead of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, and they will be making their 19th World Cup appearance, with their most recent success coming in the 2006 tournament. Italy have been drawn in a tough looking Group D alongside England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Italy got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start beating England 2-1 in Manaus on Saturday. However, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica in their second game and another defeat by the same scoreline versus Uruguay sent the Italians home at the Group stage.