Azzurri ratings: England 1-2 Italy
Italy opened their 2014 World Cup campaign with an entertaining 2-1 win over England. Sam Lewis runs through those who impressed.
Marchisio: 'I was hallucinating!'
Claudio Marchisio “had hallucinations” due to the heat in Manaus, but still scored in Italy’s 2-1 win over England.
Balotelli: 'A unique emotion'
Mario Balotelli described the “unique emotion” of scoring in a World Cup to beat England 2-1.
De Rossi: 'Debutants proved themselves'
Daniele De Rossi was impressed by Italy’s World Cup debutants and revealed the strain of facing England in Manaus.
Gerrard: 'Italy found extra gear'
England captain Steven Gerrard concedes Italy “found an extra gear” in their 2-1 World Cup victory.
Prandelli: 'Italy suffered for win'
Cesare Prandelli admits Italy “suffered” for their victory over England, praised Mario Balotelli and blasted FIFA.
SuperMario sinks England
Mario Balotelli and Claudio Marchisio secured Italy’s 2-1 win over England, as the Azzurri also hit the woodwork twice.
Pirlo captain, no time-outs
Andrea Pirlo will be Italy captain against England, but FIFA decided there won’t be any time-outs in Manaus.
Del Piero: 'Subs will be crucial'
Alessandro Del Piero feels substitutes could be key for Italy against England tonight.
Salvatore Sirigu and Gabriel Paletta start due to injuries, as Italy take on an all-attack England with Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck.
Prandelli: 'Italy overcome obstacles'
Cesare Prandelli said Italy have problems against England, but “can overcome all the obstacles.”
England surprise for Italy?
It’s reported England will take advantage of Italy’s injury woes by adopting an all-attack system with Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck.
Line-ups: Uruguay-Costa Rica
Uruguay don’t risk Luis Suarez against Costa Rica, so Diego Forlan starts with Edinson Cavani and Walter Gargano.
Bomb alert in Manaus
Police gave the all clear after a suspect package was found in a car ahead of Italy’s World Cup game with England.
Buffon 'will be back soon'
Gigi Buffon “thought he had broken everything, but will get away with a few days of treatment,” revealed his sister.
Buffon: 'A missed game or World Cup...'
Gigi Buffon wished Salvatore Sirigu the best of luck, but hinted he could “miss another World Cup” due to injury.
Balotelli: 'Italy unite!'
Mario Balotelli called for “all Italians to be united” and set aside “hate, jealousy and contempt” at the World Cup.
Buffon out, Sirigu starts
Gianluigi Buffon is out of Italy’s World Cup opener with England tonight, so Salvatore Sirigu starts in goal.
Sirigu set for England start
If Salvatore Sirigu starts against England tonight for the injured Gigi Buffon, it’ll be his second competitive cap.
'Pessimism' over Buffon injury
There is “pessimism” filtering through from the Italy camp over Gigi Buffon’s chances of facing England tonight.
Cannavaro: England-Italy draw
Fabio Cannavaro predicts a draw between Italy and England, but the Azzurri “have to focus on winning the World Cup.”
Prandelli replies to Gerrard claim
Steven Gerrard claims England “are a better team,” but Cesare Prandelli assures “we prepared in minute detail.”
Perin Italy debut against England?
Gigi Buffon and Salvatore Sirigu are carrying injuries, so Mattia Perin could potentially earn his first cap against England.
Rivelino: 'Manaus an absurd venue'
Brazil legend Rivelino warns Italy and England “it’s absurd to play in Manaus. You start sweating the moment you leave the locker room.”
Candreva: 'My career highlight'
Antonio Candreva admits tonight’s World Cup game with England is “without doubt the most important moment of my career.”
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