Saturday June 23 2012
Montolivo to face England?

Thiago Motta is carrying an injury, so there are reports Riccardo Montolivo will start for a revamped Italy against England tomorrow.

The Azzurri have already used a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-1-2 system in Euro 2012 so far, but could adjust again for the Sunday evening quarter-final in Kiev.

The chief medic confirmed that Thiago Motta is carrying a left thigh injury and, although he should be passed fit to play, is not in the best condition.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this will give Montolivo the opportunity to shine in a trequartista role.

The former Fiorentina man, who joined Milan on a free transfer this month, has struggled to make his mark so far in the tournament and could be physically out-matched by the England midfield.

Another option would be Antonio Nocerino, who despite being Milan’s second top scorer in Serie A this season has yet to make an appearance at Euro 2012.

Nocerino is a grittier figure in the middle of the park and also provides a drive forward to support the strikers.

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