Report: Raheem Sterling starts for England in Manaus

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling in action for England against Denmark on March 05, 2014.
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A report claims that England manager Roy Hodgson has selected an attacking looking lineup for tonight's match against Italy.

Roy Hodgson has reportedly opted to field an attacking lineup for England's opening World Cup game against Italy.

Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney all start behind lone striker Daniel Sturridge, while Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have been fielded in defensive midfield positions, according to Sky Sports News.

The back four is as expected with Glen Johnson, Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Leighton Baines making up the defence, with Joe Hart selected in goal.

Meanwhile, Italy will be without goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for tonight's match in Manaus after he picked up an ankle injury in training.

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