England v Italy, World Cup 2014: live

Posted on Jun 14 2014 - 12:33pm by Huzoor Bux

Latest news updates and score with our live minute-by-minute match report of the Fifa World Cup 2014 Group D game between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia, Manaus on Saturday June 14 2014, kick-off 23:00 (BST)


Arena Amazonia, Manuas
Kick-off: 23.00 BST.
England (Possible, 4-2-1-3): Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling; Lallana, Sturridge, Rooney.
Out: Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee).
Test: Welbeck (thigh).
Italy (Possible, 4-4-2): Buffon; Abate, Bonucci, Bonucci, Chiellini; De Rossi, Candreva, Pirlo, Marchisio; Balotelli, Cassano.
Out: De Sciglio (calf).
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland).
Betting: England 2-1, Italy 8-5, Draw 15-8.
The sauna of Manaus’s Amazonia Arena will provide the backdrop for a battle of cautious counter-punching on Saturday when powerhouses England and Italy face off in their World Cup opener.
The Amazon rainforest humidity, coupled with the mutual respect between the teams, is likely to produce a cagey encounter, where time on the ball will be cherished and pressing rationed out carefully.
With South American champions Uruguay also awaiting in Group D, along with Costa Rica, both Roy Hodgson’s England and Cesare Prandelli’s Italy approach the game knowing they can scarcely afford to lose if they are to reach the last 16.
Concerns about the dry playing surface have, for now, been put to one side, after both teams trained on it on Friday evening, but vigilance will still be the buzzword as the two former world champions collide.
The teams last met in the quarter-finals of the 2012 European Championship in Kiev, when Italy prevailed on penalties after a 0-0 draw that they largely dominated.