Andrea Pirlo will be Italy captain against England, but FIFA decided there won’t be any time-outs in Manaus.
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With Gigi Buffon out injured, the captain’s armband will be worn by midfield maestro Pirlo.
Much has been said about the heat and humidity in Manaus, which is expected to reach 89 per cent this evening.
However, FIFA authorities have decided they will not allow time-outs for the players.
That was an idea introduced to help with the conditions in Brazil during this World Cup, but the time-outs are only allowed on a case by case basis.