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FIFA 18: We used World Cup mode to see how far Italy would have got in the tournament

Here's a clue: It's better than England

Italy was left heartbroken after the nation failed to qualify for the World Cup – the first time they’ve failed to do so in more than half a century.

It was back in 1958 after a playoff defeat to Sweden that the Italians missed out on a spot at the world’s greatest tournament.

But what if things were different?


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Italy won the World Cup in 2006 – beatng France on penalties

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Italy won the World Cup in 2006 – beatng France on penalties

Thanks to the new World Cup mode, which contains all of the 21 teams that did not qualify for the tournament, we simmed what would happen if Italy had taken part.

Here’s a clue… they do far, far better than when we tried this with England.

The group

To be fair, Italy are in a decent group – with games against Columbia, Senegal and Poland all winnable.

We’re expecting three wins at the very least.

Not bad, not bad

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Not bad, not bad

Game 1: Italy v Columbia 

Great start, lads

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Great start, lads

As predicted the Italians kick off the tournament with a win.

Sure, it wasn’t exactly comprehensive, but they get the job done. Onwards and upwards, lads.

Game 2: Italy v Senegal

That’s two out of two

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That’s two out of two

Another win for the Italians – this time with flair.

That man Simone Verdi pops up again to take his goal tally for the tournament to three.

Ciro Immobile also nets in a comprehensive victory.

Game 3: Italy v Poland

Three of a kind

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Three of a kind

Forza Italy! A great result here as the Italians breeze past their toughest challenge yet to top their group.

Game on!

Game 4: Italy v England (Last 16)

England fans look away now

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England fans look away now

Immobile kicks things off for Italy in a hard-fought match against England.

Raheem Sterling claws one back for the Three Lions, but it’s not enough to stop Italy emerging victorious.

Next stop, the quarter finals.

Into the quarters we go

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Into the quarters we go

Game 5: Italy v Germany (Quarter finals)

They think it’s all over… it is now

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They think it’s all over… it is now

A Jonas Hector strike kicks Italy out of the competition, but haven’t they done well?

Reaching the quarter finals is no mean feat – and to lose to such a good team is nothing to shy away from.

It wasn’t the send off Gianluigi Buffon would have wanted, but it’s certainly better than the real-life alternative.

Forza Italy.

Wait, what’s all this about a World Cup mode?

Well, EA Sports announced the long-awaited World Cup mode earlier this month – with the expansion now available to download for free.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia download promises to deliver authentic gameplay, teams and stadiums in the single-biggest add-on since FIFA 14.

EA confirmed the update will be arriving on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. The Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles appear set to miss out on the update.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal in the upcoming World Cup mode

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal in the upcoming World Cup mode

Despite concerns a number of teams would be missing from the update, EA announced all 32 nations who qualified for the tournament will feature.

As well as a solo mode, which lets you take a team from the group stage to the final in Moscow, you’re also able to create your own Custom Tournament draw.

Want England to win the World Cup? Now’s your chance

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Want England to win the World Cup? Now’s your chance

A revised Ultimate Team mode will let you build your dream World Cup team as well as see the introduction of World Cup Icons.

All 12 stadiums from Russia are included in the update – as well as pitch environments, advertisements, dressings, national team banners and high-resolution crowds.

The Luzhniki stadium is just one of the arenas that will arrive in the free update

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The Luzhniki stadium is just one of the arenas that will arrive in the free update

To ensure the most realistic experience possible, the official World Cup graphic and broadcast package has also been replicated in-game, while Frostbite-driven cinematic scenes keep you immersed long after the final whistle.

Antoine Griezmann in action for France

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Antoine Griezmann in action for France

Elsewhere, a new chemistry system provides different ways to link your favourite international players.

Instead of clubs and leagues, nationalities and confederations will be key chemistry components to consider when building and organising your squad.

All squads from every qualifying nation will be up-to-date with refreshed ratings, while dynamic World Cup Items will be released to match real-world performance.

Solo mode can see you take a team through to the final

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Solo mode can see you take a team through to the final

Finally, for every Standard or Premium pack you purchase in World Cup Ultimate Team, you will receive equivalent pack value in FUT.

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