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?
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.
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.
Game 1: Italy v Columbia
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
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
Forza Italy! A great result here as the Italians breeze past their toughest challenge yet to top their group.
Game 4: Italy v England (Last 16)
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.
Game 5: Italy v Germany (Quarter finals)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, for every Standard or Premium pack you purchase in World Cup Ultimate Team, you will receive equivalent pack value in FUT.
Phew, that’s a lot of content!
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Dream Team World Cup has landed!
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That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is now live ahead of this summer’s tournament.
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