Colchester United reporter Jonathan Waldron picks his England team to face Italy

Wayne Rooney, will he be in the England team to face the Italians

Wayne Rooney, will he be in the England team to face the Italians

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COLCHESTER United reporter Jonathan Waldron gives his analysis ahead of the big match between England and Italy in Brazil.

"Roy Hodgson wants his England side to attack Italy in their World Cup opener on Saturday night.

"It is an admirable sentiment but time will tell if that is the right approach, particularly given the likely temperatures his players are expected to encounter in Manaus.

"A top priority will be to stop Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo from dictating play. But with this side, England have their own players who can make a difference.

"With that in mind, the fitness of attacker Danny Welbeck, who enjoyed an influential game against Honduras last weekend, might well prove crucial."

My England team:

In goal: Joe Hart (pictured)


Defenders: Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill (pictured), Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines


Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (pictured), Jorden Henderson, Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck (pictured)



Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge (pictured)



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6:02pm Fri 13 Jun 14

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