Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Half-Time Report: Daniel Sturridge cancels out Claudio Marchisio opener

England hold Italy to 1-1 at half time in their World Cup Group D opener in Manaus.

Daniel Sturridge cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's opener as England held Italy to 1-1 at the halfway stage of their World Cup Group D opener in Manaus tonight.

England's forward Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring a goal during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

The Liverpool ace provided an immediate riposte by tapping home a Wayne Rooney cross just minutes after Marchisio had fired the Azzurri ahead.

Raheem Sterling, a notable inclusion in Roy Hodgson's starting lineup, came within inches of vindicating his coach's faith in him by thumping a long-range effort into the side-netting early on.

Danny Welbeck then rifled narrowly wide of the post after capitalising on a botched clearance from Gabriel Paletta.

Claudio Marchisio of Italy shoots and scores his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014© Getty Images

With Hodgson's side yet to wield tangible reward for their goalmouth dominance, Italy hit them with a sucker punch as Marchisio fired beyond Joe Hart from the edge of the box following Andrea Pirlo's clever dummy.

However, the lead proved short-lived as the Three Lions hit back almost immediately through Sturridge, who provided a smart finish at the back post after Sterling and Rooney had combined on the break.

The Italians could have stolen a half-time lead in the closing stages as Mario Balotelli saw his lob headed off the line by Phil Jagielka before Antonio Candreva fired against the post.

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli heads the ball to score a goal as England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (L) and England's defender Gary Cahill try to defend during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014
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