England vs Italy, Group Stage: World Cup Open Thread

Starting line-ups are in for England. As we mentioned on Twitter a few hours ago, Raheem Sterling starts in place of Adam Lallana. Meanwhile, Gigi Buffon was injured in training, so Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu starts in the net for Team Italia.

For viewers in the United States, here’s where you can watch the game:

• English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Rooney, Sterling, Welbeck, Sturridge

Italy: Sirigu; Chiellini, Barzagli, Paletta, Darmian; De Rossi; Verratti, Pirlo, Marchisio; Candreva; Balotelli

Referee: Sander Van Roekel (Netherlands)

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22 thoughts on “England vs Italy, Group Stage: World Cup Open Thread”

  1. Surprised that Sterling is taking the place of Lalana and not Welbeck. Lalana is better at keeping the ball. Hope this works or else Roy will be hammered for his selection.

  2. Almost looks 4-3-3 from England. Sterling dropping deep a lot; Rooney and Welbeck wide left and right.

  3. Rooney on the left is a waste of time. They need to play him behind the striker or don’t play him full stop. Italy are getting too much joy down that side

  4. I thought the idea was to stop Pirlo but it seems like Pirlo is untouchable the way England are playing in midfield. The left side of England is where Italy are exploiting them. Let’s see what Roy does to change that in the second half.

  5. Immobile on for Balotelli, time to check out what Jürgen Klopp saw in him to bring him to the Westfalstadion.

  6. England are in trouble. The counter-attack threat the youth can provide is now gone now that Italy are 10 men behind the ball.

  7. Typical dogs#*t performance when it counts. England are always the less fit, more tense team when it matters. When is the last time they looked like they were enjoying playing football in an England shirt? Send them their WAGS like Van Gaal did for The Netherlands.

  8. England played ok and probably deserved a draw, but results are what count and the score board says played one, lost one, no points

  9. Sterling and Sturridge looked good. Rooney made one good pass (cross) but as I saw it did little else and missed a big chance to score.

    Next is Uruguay for England. Wonder how Italy will do against Costa Rica? Odds are against Costa Rica from getting a point but you never know.

  10. Roberto Martinez excellent analyst at HT and after the game.

    Good conversation between Martinez, Ruud and Ballack. So nice without Lalas.

  11. England’s left side was exploited by Italy the entire game and yet Roy couldn’t make any adjustments to change things. There were opportunities for England but too many players tried to do it alone rather than pass. Even though Sturridge scored he was most guilty of it. Gerrard was not very influential while Pirlo once again gave a master class, passing and keeping possession, and that’s why Italy won.

    England are not out of it because they play a Uruguay team that’s even worse than them. If England don’t beat Uruguay then there were be all kinds of inquests about their talent and character. That game next Thursday is a must-win for both teams so it should be interesting to see how each team approach it.

    No draws in the tournament yet and not a single boring match either. Long may it continue.

  12. Some England players just need to wear their club shirt underneath the England one, to remind them how great they can play.

    1. Some England players need to remember they look great on their clubs because they are surrounded by better internationals from better countries.

      1. Overseas players in the prem is what has damaged the England team. I’m old enough to remember England in the early mid 80’s and early 90’s when the top English division had very few overseas players and England did a lot better then than they have done over the last 20 yrs when the influx of overseas players has come into the league.
        Less and less England players playing in the top league in England as every year goes by.

  13. Missed opportunity. Two soft goals was all this very average Italy team needed. England looked decent until the final 20 minutes when they ran out of steam. Thought we at least deserved a point but there you go.

    Do or die now on Thursday. And no doubt Suarez will be fit. Same starting line up for me. We can still get out if this group if we win.

    1. An average Italy team – you’re very funny. What would England give to have a player as “average” as Balotelli, De Rossi, Candreva or Pirlo?

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