The England wonderkid Thierry Henry says must start vs Italy

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Arsenal legend believes Liverpool superstar-in-the-making HAS to join stars from Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton in FIFA World Cup starting XI.

England must take inspiration from the Netherlands, opined pundit Thierry Henry to the BBC after witnessing the Dutch destroy defending FIFA World Cup champions Spain in a high-flying performance.

Arjen Robben (x2), Robin van Persie (x2) and Stefan de Vrij all humbled a tame Spain as they showed their were unencumbered by their underdog status.

This is a lesson England can learn as few expect them to take the game to Italy and bank an early win against the Azzurri as Roy Hodgson's Three Lions look to kick-start their Group D campaign in Manaus later this evening, Saturday.

"I think Holland will be a great example for England," said Arsenal legend Henry. "They prove that if you have the right commitment and desire you can beat any team."

There is less pressure to perform this year as the British media have calmed their expectations of a national team who have failed to reach a semifinal in an international tournament for 18 years.

If England are to oversee the Italians, though, there is one player Henry has implored Hodgson to start - and that is fleet-footed Liverpool wonderkid Raheem Sterling.

England possess the highest amount of Under-21 players out of all constituent members of the World Cup finals, with Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all under the threshold.

Out of them all, it is Sterling who seems to excite Henry the most: "I'd like to see Sterling out there, I like him," Thierry stated.

"He's played ever so well the last few months but unfortunately got sent off for England recently. I want to see him out there," he concluded.

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