Match to be played on Saturday 14th June 2014 at 23:00. Venue: Arena Amazonia, Manaus.
England head into tomorrow night’s game against Italy probably as the underdogs to get a result.
England’s preparations for the game haven’t been tremendous with a disappointing draw against Ecuador and an even less flattering draw in the rain affected game against Honduras.
Roy Hodgson could choose to invest his trust into the youngsters he’s included in his squad or he could go the other way and opt for experience.
Here’s the side he may name for the game.
GK – Joe Hart
The Manchester City goalkeeper will start as the number one. He performed well under pressure for City last season.
RB – Glen Johnson
Liverpool’s full-back should start on the right. He’s a fit player, capable of getting up and down that side depending on the flow of the game.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill was part of the Chelsea defence, which conceded fewer goals in the Premier League than any other side last season. He starts.
CB – Phil Jagielka
The Everton man injects that little bit of experience into the defence, which is important. He could tire late on, which is something Hodgson needs to keep an eye on.
LB – Leighton Baines
Baines played alongside Jagielka at Everton for most games last season. Baines’ skill in terms of set pieces and delivery will be important when he gets forward.
RM – Raheem Sterling
Has to play if Italy are going to push England back. He was superb on the counter for Liverpool last season and has pace to burn.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Henderson deserves to play due to his Liverpool form last season. He’s also versatile and can fill in across the midfield based on who gets caught out of position.
CM – Steven Gerrard
England’s captain needs to have a big game straight from the start. He was a real driving force for Liverpool last season when they were under pressure.
AM – Ross Barkley
This is a game for Barkley to show what he’s all about. If England can get him on the ball then he’s effective whether the build up play is slower or whether his team are on the counter attack.
LM – Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge could start wider as he does for his club, but expect to see him getting forward and into central positions when he gets the chance.
ST – Wayne Rooney
Rooney is one of the senior members of the side and England need him to turn up, play well and rip the heart out of Italy’s defence.