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')

Andrea Pirlo praises Italy side

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo hails his side following Saturday's 2-1 win over England in their World Cup opener.

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo has praised his side following Saturday's 2-1 win over England.

The Juventus playmaker skippered the Azzurri as goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli gave the 2006 champions a winning start to their World Cup campaign.

"I was the captain of a courageous Italy that wanted to impose its style on England," he told reporters.

"I think we did that in the first half and for a large part of the second half too. It was a great game despite the heat. We're a good team and we can go forward."

Pirlo was handed the armband after Gianluigi Buffon missed out with an ankle injury.

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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