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Report: Italy boss has already chosen strikers to face England

It is being suggested in Italy that Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli already knows which two strikers he'll select to take on England in Manaus.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has a tough choice to make when he selects his strike force for the Azzurri's World Cup opener against England.

The 2006 champions were dealt a big blow when Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi was sidelined for the rest of the season with ligament damage.

Rossi will still make it to Brazil if he heals in time, but he faces a tough race against time if he is to be fit for football's showpiece event.

There are a number of young strikers making their mark in Serie A at present including joint top scorer Ciro Immobile of Torino and Domenico Berardi at minnows Sassuolo.

But Sportmediaset believes that Prandelli already has a plan for his strike partnership for the game against England on June 14.

Prandelli will reportedly select AC Milan's enigmatic marksman Mario Balotelli and resurgent Roma striker Mattia Destro.

Destro has returned from an injury-hit period and netted an impressive hat-trick last weekend in Roma's 3-1 win over Cagliari.

The 23-year-old had been seen as an outsider to feature in Brazil but this report suggests that he is climbing the pecking order.

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