NEWS
Wednesday August 15 2012
Line-ups: Italy-England

Italy send out an experimental side including Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy against Roy Hodgson’s England tonight.

Cesare Prandelli has opted to use largely new faces for this August friendly in the Swiss town of Berne, kick-off 20.00 UK time, including several uncapped players.

Milan striker El Shaarawy and new Roma buy Destro are promoted from the Under-21 squad, while Angelo Ogbonna of Torino, Cagliari’s Davide Astori and PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu are given the chance to show what they can do.

Daniele De Rossi is the only ‘regular’ in the starting XI, though Ignazio Abate, Federico Balzaretti and Alessandro Diamanti played a part in the Euro 2012 campaign that took them to the Final.

Alberto Aquilani returns to the Azzurri after a long absence, celebrating his return to Serie A with Fiorentina.

England lost the Euro 2012 quarter-final to Italy on penalties after the Azzurri had dominated over 120 minutes.

Hodgson has seen several of his star names drop out due to injury this week, including Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge.

Frank Lampard is given the captain’s armband after he missed the Euros, while Michael Carrick has also returned to the Three Lions.

Jack Butland – the youngest ever England goalkeeper at the age of 19 – and Tom Cleverley make their debuts.

Only Ashley Young remains from the line-up that lost to Italy at Euro 2012.

Italy: Sirigu; Abate, Ogbonna, Astori, Balzaretti; De Rossi, Nocerino, Aquilani; Diamanti; Destro, El Shaarawy

Italy bench: Perin, De Sciglio, Peluso, Acerbi, Poli, Schelotto, Gastaldello, Gabbiadini, Verratti, Consigli.

England: Butland; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Johnson, Carrick, Lampard, A Young; Cleverley; Carroll

England bench: Ruddy, Lescott, Bertrand, Caulker, Milner, Livermore, Rodwell, Defoe

Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!

FOOTBALL ITALIA RELATED NEWS

TODAY'S FRONT PAGES