Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
England
1-2
Italy
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Steven Gerrard hails "fearless" Raheem Sterling

Steven Gerrard says that Raheem Sterling will have a big future for England following the impact he made in their opening World Cup clash.

Steven Gerrard has said that Raheem Sterling will have a big future for England after the impact he made in their opening World Cup clash.

The 19-year-old was widely regarded as England's best player during their 2-1 defeat against Italy and his Liverpool teammate was impressed with his positive display.

"He is fearless - that's the way he plays," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "That is his character. He doesn't worry about opponents.

"For his first start in a major tournament there were flashes of positivity. He's a big player for the future."

England face Uruguay in their second Group D match on Thursday.

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli celebrates with teammates after scoring 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
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