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England vs Italy - Lineups and Game Thread

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Richard Heathcote

So the England vs Italy World Cup 2014 Group D team lineups have been announced. Roy Hodgson has gone for a mixture of youth and experience.

England Starting Lineup (4-4-2):

Hart: Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Welbeck, Sterling, Rooney; Sturridge.

Italy Starting Lineup (4-4-2):

Sirigu, Chiellini, Darmian, Candreva, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, De Rossi, Paletta, Pirlo (c), Verratti

Substitutes:

It's the back four that we expected. Welbeck recovers in time and Sterling takes the place of Lallana, his pace and direct play could really trouble the Italians.

Let us know what you think of the England team and stick around for the in-game discussion on Englands opening World Cup 2014 Group D fixture.

We've posted this up early as we now know the team. We'll update it as soon as we get the substitutes and the Italy side.