Sterling starts for England

  • Last Updated: June 14 2014, 23:23 BST

Roy Hodgson has picked Raheem Sterling to start in England's World Cup Group D clash with Italy in Manaus.

Raheem Sterling: Starts for England
Raheem Sterling: Starts for England

The decision to start the 19-year-old is a brave, if exciting, one, with the Liverpool attacking midfielder joining Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in support of Daniel Sturridge.

Jordan Henderson starts alongside Steven Gerrard in central midfield, while the defence is the same that began the warm-up matches against Peru and Honduras.

The big news in the Italy line-up was the absence of captain Gianluigi Buffon, who sustained an ankle injury during training at the Arena Amazonia on the eve of the game and is replaced in goal by Salvatore Sirigu.

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

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