FULL-TIME! England 1-2 Italy. The Italians hold on for the three points. Roy Hodgson can take plenty of positives from defeat though. The game against Uruguay is HUGE.
Italy counter again through Immobile but Cahill does brilliantly to slide and dispossess him. That will probably be that though.
CROSSBAR! Pirlo’s free-kick swings one way, then the other. Joe Hart is relieved to see it hammer the woodwork.
Moments after the first free-kick comes to nothing, Cahill commits another foul. Pirlo is standing over it…
BOOKING! Sterling halts an Italian counter-attack with a slightly cynical foul. Italy starting to run down the clock.
England Yellow card



Sterling’s cross from the right flies over everyone. Baines tries to keep it alive. England have a throw right next to the corner.
HOPE FOR ENGLAND! Five minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.
Sterling floats inside, glances up and sees the headlines. Can he ping this effort the right side of the post? Answer: no.
The Italian defence and midfield unite to see out the danger from the set-piece. England have it back though.
The white shirts flood forward again. Corner kick. There’s still time.
Oh dear. Rooney has team-mates screaming for the ball on the inside-right channel but he elects to go alone. Over.
A sorry-sounding air horn is audible as England launch another attack. Italy retreat.
It’s Gerrard… Over the top!
England force a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. Gerrard to take. Is this their moment?
Eight minutes to go (plus injury time). England continue to press, but they’re struggling to create clear-cut chances.
England running out of ideas as another cross goes behind for a goal kick. It's not really happening. The changes haven't had the impact Hodgson would have wanted.
ENGLAND sub: Sturridge seems to limp off as he is replaced by Lallana.
England Substitution
ITALY sub: Candreva replaced by Marco Parolo.
Italy Substitution
The corner sums up Rooney's night - superb assist aside. He completely miscues and Italy have a goal kick.
Baines curls a free kick at goal but it's well saved low at his near post by Sirigu.
Possibilities here for the Three Lions as Sturridge's clever turn results in a free kick after he outwitted Chiellini.
England dominating the ball now, probing for that opening. Just 15 minutes plus stoppage time to find the leveller.
PHOTO: Balotelli has gone off, but is he going to be the match winner?
England Substitution
Italy Substitution
SUBS for both teams: Jack Wilshere replaces Henderson for England and Balotelli is off with Ciro Immobile on for Italy.
A short corner is worked to Johnson who can only hammer his effort off target.
Gerrard drills a near post corner towards Cahill who sees his header deflect behind for another set piece.
PHOTO: The man who opened the scoring.
Balotelli buys Italy more time when he goes down under a tackle by Cahill. England's frustration becoming more and more evident.
Candreva is left in acres of space on the right and takes a few touches before searing an attempt off target from 25 yards.
Italy defend the corner with relative ease and attempt to conserve energy by playing a bit of keep-ball.
More adventurous play by Sterling leads to an England corner. Can they make this count?
It was a chance for a drinks break but play has now resumed and England are back on the attack, searching for that second equaliser.
There's a break in the play as Sterling is treated for cramp.
It's end-to-end once again as Darmian causes more trouble for England down the right before Barkley gives a cameo of his quality by cutting in from the left and forcing a good save out of the keeper.
ROONEY shoots... wide! Baines manages to flick it through to the forward on the left of the area and he cuts inside before dragging his shot back to the near post - but inches wide of it. Hands in head time. That was a big chance!
ENGLAND sub: Barkley on, Welbeck off.
England Substitution
Sturridge lines it up from distance but curls it just wide.
"Ole, Ole," sing the crowd as Italy pop it around... They eventually work it out to the right and Balotelli is inches away from tucking home at the near post.
England set to make their first change. Ross Barkley has been given the call.
Super Mario's strike still separates the two teams. Why always him?
ITALY sub: Verratti replaced by Thiago Motta.
Italy Substitution
It's fired to the far post but De Rossi easily heads it away. Gerrard picks up the ball again and rolls back the years with a burst into the area and goes down under a challenge. NO PENALTY says the ref. Again, there was a little bit of contact, but it wasn't cast iron.
The pressure continues to mount and it's a corner that Gerrard will take.
England are turning the screw. Johnson makes good strides down the right and digs out a cross but Italy manage to clear under a bit of pressure. Welbeck caught on his heels a bit there.
Rooney picks up possession in midfield and drives at goal, but he keeps veering right and eventually drags his low effort well wide of the far post.
Replays showing Giorgio Chiellini did make minimal contact with Welbeck in the area, but it would have been a harsh penalty as the ball was already gone.
England look to respond straight away but this time Sturridge can't manufacture an opening. The ball eventually falls towards Welbeck who goes down, but there's no chance of a foul there.
GOAL! Italy regain the lead! England suffer more trouble down the right and when the cross came in, Balotelli - who else - was there to nod home at the far post.
Italy Goal

Header - Bottom Left

And he was almost dancing again there as he cuts past Daniele De Rossi on the right and cracks a shot at goal that the keeper has to push around the post.
PHOTO: That Sturridge dance.
Midfield maestros.
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70 - De Rossi & Pirlo are already in the top 10 of passes in this World Cup having played only 45 minutes. Bosses. http://t.co/9qO4SOtsX8

UPDATE: Gary Lewin has dislocated his ankle.
KICK OFF! England restart the game. As it stands, Costa Rica will top Group D after one game. Who'd have bet on that this morning?
HT: England 1-1 Italy. Sturridge cancels out Marchisio's stunning long-range drive with a neat finish following a sublime counter attack. It's been end-to-end with Italy hitting the post late on.
OFF THE POST! Italy end the half in total control and are a whisker away from taking the lead again. Marchisio chips a pass to Candreva in acres of space on the left of the area. The midfielder cuts in and smashes a low shot against the near post.
OFF THE LINE! Balotelli breaks the offside trap and lobs Hart with a lovely effort that Jagielka manages to head off the line.
Two minutes of added time.
More fine play by Darmian down that right as he cuts in past Baines and drills a shot way over the bar from 25 yards.
Candreva fires another dangerous cross into the area but England get away with it as Hart comes to collect.
Italy starting to probe again now. That right-hand side is giving them some real joy.
Sturridge joins an elite list!

1-1 (37'). Since their WC victory in 1966, only two English players wearing shirt #9 have scored WC goals: Shearer ('98), Sturridge ('14)

A man in form.

3 - Daniel Sturridge has scored three goals in his last four @England appearances. Dancer. #ENGvsITA

England physio Gary Lewin was injured in the celebrations following the goal and looks to have broken his leg! what a crazy couple of minutes.
Cue the Sturridge dance and thanks to the lord above. It's a trademark Studge celebration and it's a welcome sight to the Three Lions fans who have gone crazy.
GOOOOOOAL! England are level!!!!!!! It's a wonderful counter attack. Sterling feeds Rooney on the left and he wastes no time clipping a lovely ball to the back post for Sturridge to slam it home.
England Goal

Right Footed - Top Right

STAT: Prior to the Marchisio strike, seven of Italy’s last 17 goals at the World Cup have been scored from corners (41%).
That was Marchisio's fourth goal for the Azzurri and it was a bit of a belter.
GOAL!!!!!! Italy lead. A short corner catches England napping. It's worked to Marchisio via a sublime dummy from Pirlo and he makes no mistake with a thunderous low shot into the far corner.
Italy Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Left

More Italy pressure and it's a corner ball...
ITALY CHANCE! Darmian gets down the right once again with Rooney no where to be seen. The defender clips a cross towards Balotelli who can't connect with a header eight yards from goal. Let off for England.
Free kick to England... Gerrard curves it into the area from a central position 45 yards out, but the delivery spins right through to the keeper. A bit of waste.
Raheem has had a couple of great moments thus far. England need to improve their supply to him and the other speed merchants to reap the dividends.
STAT: Italy have scored in each of their last 14 games at the World Cup, the longest current run. The last time they failed to score was on 3 July 1998 against France.
Balotelli flicks a ball towards Marchisio but Johnson gets across as last man to see out the danger.
Candreva causing more problems for England as he finds space on the right yet again, but drills a shot well wide.
SHOTS: England 4-3 Italy. One each on target.
Prior to kick off Rooney had not scored a goal in 594 minutes of World Cup football for the Three Lions. It's over 600 minutes now...
The second England corner comes to nothing. This is end-to-end stuff. Surely the opener is nigh?
SO CLOSE! Welbeck rampages down the right and into the area before cutting the ball back towards Sturridge, but a last-gasp Italian boot manages to put it out for a corner. From the resulting kick, the delivery is missed by everyone except Rooney at the far post, but he can't dig out the shot.
England give Balotelli far too much space as he drops off and picks up Claudio Marchisio's pass before firing well over the top from 25 yards.
Gerrard lofts a ball out to the left for Sterling who roasts his marker and drills a low ball across the six-yard box but Welbeck can't get there. Brilliant play by the Liverpool winger.
Cool play by Jagielka as he nods a header back to Hart with Balotelli lurking. Both teams look capable of scoring here.
Are you up for this? Silly question.
SAVED - just. Candreva shoots from 30 yards and Hart can only block it away. Fortunately for the Man City stopper there is no-one following up.
STAT: The one previous World Cup meeting between these two former winners came in the third place play-off in 1990; Italy won 2-1.
A good spell of possession for Italy comes to nothing as Candreva loops a ball into the area with no Azzurri player in sight. Hart comes and claims.
Johnson cuts in from the right and tries his luck with a left-foot daisy-cutter. It drifts harmlessly wide of Sirigu's near post.
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Back up the other end and Daniel Sturridge weaves in and out before being crowded out. Italy look very wary of England's pace.
Antonio Candreva whips a ball into the area but Hart is there to claim under no pressure.
Gabriel Paletta gifts the ball to Welbeck 30 yards from goal and the Man United man wastes no time in fizzing a shot a couple of yards wide. Perhaps he could have done a bit more with that?

Steven Gerrard is playing in his sixth major tournament (Worlds and Euros). Equals England team record by Sol Campbell. #ENG #ITA #wc14

This has been a really exciting start to the proceedings. Both sides going for it. Long may it continue.
Darmian causes more problems down the right and when the cross comes in England make a bit of a meal of clearing it. Fortunately for Jagielka and Gary Cahill a ricochet drops for joe Hart, who plucks it out of the air.
Now it's Italy's turn to look dangerous. Pirlo tries to scoop the ball through in the area and it hits Glen Johnson's arm... The Azzurri playmaker screams for a penalty but the referee is having none of it. Close call for the right back.
Surely this should be a sell-out?

Quite a few empty seats at Arena de Amazonia. Always find that one of the saddest things when it's a game so many would love to be at

Sirigu will be delighted with that early save. He has big shoes to fill...
England looking very bright here. This time it's Jordan Henderson who lets fly but it's well saved by Sirigu.
SO CLOSE! Sterling almost has a dream start as he lashes a 25-yard effort into the near post side netting. From one angle that looked in!
Italy first to show. Matteo Darmian surges down the right and crosses low, but Phil Jagielka is there to address the danger.
DID YOU KNOW? Prandelli took his staff on a 12-mile hike to a monastery during Italy's Euro 2012 campaign. He had promised the monks that he would visit - if they qualified from their group which, of course, they did.
Tonight's referee is Bjorn Kuipers. The Dutch official oversaw the Champions League final last month.
KICK OFF! Italy get the game underway.
Anthems sung, handshakes done, it's showtime.
Here we go then. It's a rumble in the jungle; England versus Italy. Let the anthems commence!
England captain Steven Gerrard will have just delivered his rousing speech prior to the Three Lions emerging in the tunnel - if he is true to his word. He told reporters on the eve of the showdown: "I will say something in the dressing room, towards the end when we are ready to go out, and it will be: 'Let's not have any regrets.' All the preparation has been done. The squad that's been picked is very bold and brave. Let's believe we have all the energy and all the work in the legs and in the tank. So now let's relax and let it happen. The key is just to not come off the pitch with any regrets and, basically, do what it takes to get that result."
And a not so positive stat that will energise the Italians.

RT @OptaJean: 2 - #ENG have only won two of their last 11 games against #ITA (D3 L6). Sweat.

A positive stat for England.

1 - England have conceded only one goal in the five competitive games that Cahill & Jagielka have started together. Tight. #ENGvsITA

Meanwhile, Italy's string-puller-in-chief, Andrea Pirlo hopes to emulate the midfield masterclass that saw him almost single-handedly dominate England at Euro 2012. The Juventus veteran said: "It's one of my key targets, to play like I played in Kiev; to control the game and help my team win. The temperature will be a problem for everyone. We have been preparing in Italy, before we came to Brazil. The pitch will be a problem for everyone. It is important to make the ball roll. England is a great team who is much better now. They have young players, who run a lot, very physical, but we know how to face them. We are studying them. Italy always does well against England."
The journalists are in position in Manaus.
Wayne Rooney has been talking up the England team ahead of the contest. He said: "It's probably the best squad I've been involved in so it's great to be a part of. I am looking forward to this tournament and the future with England because it certainly looks bright. Italy should be thinking about how to control our team. They have good players but so do we. They should worry about us."
Roy Hodgson looks on ahead of kick off, just half an hour away now.
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Cesare Prandelli: "We are not sharp enough yet. We have done the physical work, trained hard and are in good shape but we know we must improve before we start the tournament against England. We can improve and we will improve. We can’t send any messages or guarantees: the only guarantee we can give is that we have worked to be ready. Character-wise, the team will not disappoint and we will fight for the shirt and for every ball. At the start of every tournament there is always pessimism in Italy. That’s how we are. Maybe psychologically we need this feeling of insecurity and criticism. I am calm because we have worked well."
Roy Hodgson's pre-match thoughts: "We hope that our possession football leads somewhere. That will be the purpose to our possession football, as possession football for the sake of it doesn’t score you goals. It has to be possession football where you drag your opponents out of position and take advantage of it... What are we going to do this time against Pirlo [compared to Euro 2012]? First, we’ll play with more energy because we’ll have more energy because it will be the first game in the tournament. We’ll be even more compact than we were in that game. One of our plans this time is to make certain we do a lot more attacking and that Italy find themselves wondering what they’re going to do about people like Steven Gerrard or Wayne Rooney. We’re going to make certain also that Italy have a lot more concern themselves with our attacking play, because one of the problems we had in that game is that we weren’t functioning well as an attacking unit. So Italy had too much of the ball and
What are your thoughts on the England team? Tweet any views on the starting xi and your predictions to @paul_hassall. Sterling's inclusion is a bold and exciting move from Hodgson. The youngster was making an U18 debut for Liverpool just over four years ago at the age of 15. He was a real talent from day one and after a brief lull in his rapid development he has excelled. His form last season means he has earned this start.

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Roy Hodgson opts for the dynamic youth of Raheem Sterling who joins four of his Liverpool teammates in a 4-2-3-1 system. Daniel Sturridge leads the attack with Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney in support. Jordan Henderson joins Steven Gerrard at the heart of the midfield. As for Italy, they were dealt a blow on the eve of the match with the news that Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out with an ankle injury. Salvatore Sirigu of Paris St Germain deputises. Ex-Man City striker, Mario Balotelli is the central attacker in a 4-3-3 that will drop to a 4-5-1 when they don't have the ball.
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CONFIRMED TEAMS - ENGLAND: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge. /// ITALY: Sirigu, Chiellini, Darmian, Candreva, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, De Rossi, Paletta, Pirlo, Verratti.
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The full time whistle has just blown and Costa Rica currently top Group D after the underdogs won 3-1 against a Uruguay side without their talisman, Luis Suarez. The game also saw the first red card of the tournament, with Maxi Pereira given his marching orders for a cynical late tackle. Are the highest-ranked team in the group past their best? It's still to be seen, but this result has to be seen as good news for England fans.
Good evening and welcome to LIVE text coverage of England's first game of the 2014 World Cup against the 2006 champions, Italy. The nation's expectations aren't exactly soaring but Roy Hodgson and co could change that if they can get off to a winning start at the Arena Amazonia in the humid conditions of Manaus.
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