Wayne Rooney is England's lynchpin © Getty Images
Wayne Rooney is England’s lynchpin © Getty Images

 

Jun 15, 2014

 

In what is an eagerly awaited FIFA World Cup 2014 clash, England will take on 2006 champions Italy in the group D match. This is the toughest of all groups as Uruguay are another tough team. News just came in that Italy will be without captain and talisman, Gianluigi Buffon. The world cup winning goalkeeper is the heart and soul of the team and the team will be missing his influence. However, Italy are lucky to have a quality goalie in Savatore Sirigu to replace Buffon.

 

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England, on the other hand are underdogs in the group and need inspiration to progress to the round of 16. England have had their own share of injury scares with Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxdale-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck, all suffering blows in the practice games. England’s shaky defence will have their task cut out against Mario Balotelli and co. and will need to summon the traditional discipline they are known for to keep the Azzuri out of harm’s way. Midfielder Andrea Pirlo is expected to play a major role.

 

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