VIDEO: Hodgson’s England 'well prepared' for Italy clash

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The England manager faced the media ahead of World Cup opener against Italy in Manaus on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson says that England are ready for their massive World Cup opener against Italy in the stifling heat of Manaus.

'We're here to try and win it, we're here to play our best', the England manager said. 'We're here to give such a good account of ourselves that we can go home feeling proud and the people watching us play will feel proud.

'But now the talking stops and the playing begins and the games will decide how well we have succeeded'.

Much of England's preparation for this World Cup has been geared towards the first game in Manaus, not just because of the strength of the opposition, but also because of the extreme climate conditions the players will be up against.

Hodgson believes that after playing two warm-up games in Miami and training in the rainforest city for the past few days, his side are ready for the cauldron that the Arena da Amazonia promises to be.

'On the second front, I feel we are well prepared', he said. 'I don't think we're concerned about the heat and humidity because we've been training in the heat and humidity, and we're looking very fit as a result of it.

'As far as I'm concerned, the only matters to deal with tomorrow night are the quality of the Italian team and to make certain that we can not only match their quality but better it'.

In one of the toughest groups thrown up by the World Cup draw - alongside Uruguay and Costa Rica - Hodgson's men will need to get off to a good start against Italy. 

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