Hodgson led England to first place in Group D but now faces an Italy side also unbeaten at this EURO, having finished runners-up in Group C.
It is the teams’ first meeting for ten years and only once before have they met at a UEFA European Championship final tournament, Italy winning 1-0 in 1980 to eliminate England.
The winners will play Germany in the semi-finals in Warsaw on 28 June.
Italy took nine attempts to beat England for the first time, Fabio Capello scoring in a 2-0 home friendly victory in 1973. The Azzurri nevertheless hold a slight head-to-head advantage with a record of W9 D6 L7.
Although the nations first played in 1933 they did not meet in a competitive fixture until 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifying, trading 2-0 home wins – but it was Italy who made it to Argentina. The Azzurri have won four of their six competitive meetings, England just one.
Selected previous meetings
27 March 2002: England 1-2 Italy (Fowler 63; Montella 67, 90pen) – Elland Road, Leeds, friendly
England: Martyn (James 46), Mills (G Neville 46), Campbell (King 46), Southgate (Ehiogu 46), Bridge (P Neville 87), Beckham (Murphy 46), Lampard (J Cole 46), Butt (Hargreaves 46), Sinclair (Sheringham 70), Owen (Vassell 46), Heskey (Fowler 46).
Italy: Buffon, Cannavaro, Materazzi (Iuliano 57), Nesta (Adani 82), Zambrotta, Panucci (Coco 74), Doni (Tommasi 74), Di Biagio (Gattuso 57), Zanetti (Albertini 57), Totti (Montella 46), Delvecchio (Maccarone 74).
Vincenzo Montella’s double overturned Robbie Fowler’s goal in the countries’ most recent encounter, from which Gianluigi Buffon is the only survivor. Demetrio Albertini, now Italian Football Federation vice-president, appeared as a substitute.
11 October 1997: Italy 0-0 England – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, FIFA World Cup, qualifier
Italy: Peruzzi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Costacurta, Maldini (Benarrivo 31), Di Livio, Albertini, D Baggio, Inzaghi (Chiesa
46), Vieri, Zola (Del Piero 62).
England: Seaman, Campbell, Adams, Southgate, Beckham, Batty, Ince, Gascoigne (Butt 87), Le Saux, Sheringham, I Wright.
England avenged a 1-0 home defeat earlier in this qualifying campaign by earning the draw that took them to the 1998 World Cup as group winners and left Italy to qualify via the play-offs. Hodgson was in Rome with Glenn Hoddle’s squad and helped out as Hoddle’s interpreter.
Gianfranco Zola, then of Chelsea FC, had scored the only goal of the first game at Wembley on 12 February 1997, securing Italy’s first away win against England since 1973 when they were 1-0 victors in a friendly.
7 July 1990: Italy 2-1 England (R Baggio 72, Schillaci 86pen; Platt 82) – Stadio San Nicola, Bari, FIFA World Cup, third-place play-off
Italy: Zenga, Bergomi, Ferrara, Baresi, Vierchowod, Maldini, Giannini (Ferri 90), Ancelotti, De Agostini (Berti 67), R Baggio, Schillaci.
England: Shilton, Stevens, Parker, Walker, M Wright (Waddle 71), Dorigo, McMahon (Webb 71), Platt, Steven, Beardsley, Lineker.
Italy claimed the bronze medal at their home World Cup thanks to Salvatore Schillaci’s late penalty, which secured him the Golden Shoe.
15 June 1980: Italy 1-0 England (Tardelli 79) – Stadio Communale, Turin, 1980 UEFA European Championship, group stage
Italy: Zoff, Gentile, Collovati, Scirea, Tardelli, Causio (Baresi 88), Oriali, Benetti, Antognoni, Bettega, Graziani.
England: Shilton, Neal, Watson, Thompson, Sansom, Coppell, Wilkins, Kennedy, Keegan, Birtles (Mariner 75), Woodcock.
Italy’s narrow victory in their second game of the 1980 finals ended English hopes of finishing as group winners and reaching the final. Enzo Bearzot’s hosts eventually finished second in the section behind Belgium and lost the third-place play-off to Czechoslovakia.
England have posted four wins and one draw under Hodgson and are now looking to reach only their second UEFA European Championship semi-final since 1968.
England’s quarter-final record is two wins and two defeats:
1968 Spain 1-0 h, 2-1 a (3-1 agg)
1972 West Germany 1-3 h, 0-0 a (1-3 agg)
1996 Spain 0-0 (aet, 4-2 pens)
2004 Portugal 2-2 (aet, 5-6 pens)
European champions in 1968, Italy have a 50% success rate in EURO quarter-finals:
1968 Bulgaria 2-3 a, 2-0 h (4-3 agg)
1972 Belgium 0-0 h, 1-2 a (1-2 agg)
2000 Romania 2-0
2008 Spain 0-0 (aet, 2-4 pens)
When Italy finished fourth in 1980 and reached the semi-final in 1988, there was no quarter-final stage.