Roy Hodgsons men have been playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation in the friendly matches leading up to the first game against Italy in Manaus on Saturday. The likely starting lineup is as follows: Hart-Johnson-Cahill-Jagielka-Baines-Gerrard-Henderson-Welbeck-Sterling-Sturridge-Rooney.
It is is widely rumoured that England will use Danny Welbeck to man mark Pirlo throughout the game. The thinking being that Welbeck is a work horse and can use his pace to take advantage of any slip ups from the Italian defence. Sterling will most likely play on the right with Rooney and Sturridge interchanging on the left.