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- England lose their opening game of the 2014 World Cup
- Claudio Marchisio's low shot gave Italy a first-half lead
- Daniel Sturridge equalised before the interval
- Mario Balotelli won it with a header after half-time
- Adam Lallana came off the bench for the last ten minutes
- Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert were unused substitutes
- England next in action on Thursday, against Uruguay
Former Premier League star Mario Balotelli's second-half goal gives Italy the three points. England showed plenty of attacking intent, but were still edged out. The pressure is on now for Thursday's game against Uruguay, who also lost earlier today. Thanks for joining us. We'll have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly.
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CHANCE (90+4 mins): From the resulting free-kick, Andrea Pirlo hits a stunning swerving free-kick that completely wrong-foots Joe Hart, but it slams against the top of the bar.
Raheem Sterling booked for tripping Marco Parolo.
Five minutes of added time signalled.
CHANCE (85 mins): Adam Lallana is fouled by Daniele De Rossi just outside the area. Steven Gerrard bends the resulting free-kick over the wall, but the ball clears the bar by a few yards too.
So, there he is. Adam Lallana is on for England, and the Saints captain has just over ten minutes to try and help his country rescue something from this game.
ITALY (79 mins): Antonio Candreva off, Marco Parolo on.
ENGLAND (79 mins): Daniel Sturridge off, Adam Lallana on.
CHANCE (77 mins): Salvatore Sirigu dives to his left to keep out Leighton Baines' free-kick from 25 yards, after Daniel Sturridge had been fouled by Giorgio Chiellini.
ITALY (73 mins): Mario Balotelli off, Ciro Immobile on.
ENGLAND (73 mins): Jordan Henderson off, Jack Wilshere on.
CHANCE (72 mins): England applying more pressure, as they search for the equaliser. Glen Johnson fires a long distance effort just wide with his left foot.
CHANCE (64 mins): England break away after thwarting an Italian attack. The move ends with the ball being played to Ross Barkley down the left, with the Everton man cutting onto his right foot and aiming a low shot towards the far corner that Salvatore Sirigu tips away.
Mario Balotelli heads Italy back into the lead...
CHANCE (62 mins): Leighton Baines slips a ball into Wayne Rooney, on the left side of the area. He turns and moves the ball onto his right foot, but drags his shot wide of the near post.
ENGLAND (61 mins): Danny Welbeck off, Ross Barkley on.
ITALY (57 mins): Marco Verratti off, Thiago Motta on.
ENGLAND 1 ITALY 2 (Mario Balotelli 49)
Italy regain the lead, and it's former Manchester City forward Balotelli with the goal. The striker peels away to the back post, where he meets Claudio Marchisio's cross with a downward header that beats Joe Hart.
CHANCE (48 mins): Daniel Sturridge cuts inside Daniele De Rossi and fires in a left-foot shot from 25 yards, which Salvatore Sirigu palms away.
The second half is underway.
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CHANCE (45+2 mins): Italy twice go close to regaining the lead in added time. Mario Balotelli is slipped through down the left, with Joe Hart racing out to meet him. Balotelli diverts the ball away from him, turns and then chips him, only for Phil Jagielka to get back and head off the line. Then, seconds later, Antonio Candreva finds space in the area, but his low shot from an angle strikes the post.
Claudio Marchisio celebrates giving Italy the lead...
...But no sooner has he put his team in front than Daniel Sturridge pops up with this equaliser...
Slightly bizarre scenes, as England physio Gary Lewin is stretchered off, after suffering a badly injured leg during the celebrations for England's goal.
ENGLAND 1 ITALY 1 (Daniel Sturridge 37)
England level almost immediately. Wayne Rooney is sent away down the left, and he sends a beautiful cross towards the far post, where Daniel Sturridge runs in to slam home.
ENGLAND 0 ITALY 1 (Claudio Marchisio 35)
Italy edge in front and what a fine goal it is. The ball arrives at the feet of Claudio Marchisio 25 yards out, after Andrea Pirlo's glorious dummy, and the Juventus man strikes a low right-foot shot into the far corner, past a diving Joe Hart.
England's Raheem Sterling and Italy's Marco Verratti battle for the ball.
CHANCE (24 mins): After Mario Balotelli fires over from 25 yards, England go close to taking the lead. Danny Welbeck gets in behind the Italy defence, reaches the byline and cuts the ball back towards Daniel Sturridge, who is running in towards the edge of the six-yard box. It looks like it will be an easy tap in for the Liverpool forward, but Andrea Barzagli slides in and somehow deflects the ball across goal and wide of the far post.
CHANCE (19 mins): Antonio Candreva fires in a swerving, low shot that Joe Hart struggles with. The England keeper gets his body behind the shot, though, and keeps it out, although he is unable to hold the effort.
The England players pictured below, in their huddle moments before kick-off.
CHANCE (11 mins): A poor clearance from Italy gifts the ball to Danny Welbeck 25 yards out, but his right-footed drive is a couple of yards wide of the far post.
CHANCE (4 mins): Raheem Sterling goes oh so close...so close, in fact, that even the BBC pictures initially awarded him with a goal. His fierce shot from 25 yards looks like it's nestled in the top corner, but it just went the wrong side of the post.
Referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle, and England's 2014 World Cup campaign is officially underway.
Here come the teams out onto the pitch at the Arena Amazonia, in Manaus. Kick-off just a few minutes away now.
After England, it is the turn of Saints defender Maya Yoshida to take centre stage in Brazil. Japan face Ivory Coast at 2am UK time. We probably won't live blog that one, to be honest.
And here's an excited England fan...
The fans are already getting into the mood inside the stadium in Manaus. Here's one Italy fan looking forward to kick-off...
PHOTOS: @England players are warming up on the pitch prior to the match against @azzurri #ENG #ITA http://t.co/jo0WzXQcG3— @england 14 June 2014
And so the goals per game average still remains above all World Cups bar the first five. http://t.co/IX21Tlrfda— @lovefutebol 14 June 2014
For any Saints fans who haven't seen the news yet, the club are closing in on making Ronald Koeman their new manager. A contract was offered to the 51-year-old last night, and it is hoped a deal will be concluded in the coming days. Read our story here.
Rickie Lambert may have already left St Mary's to join Liverpool this summer, but many fans in our part of the world are still considering him a Saint for the World Cup. The good news is that the official teamsheet is doing the same...
It's been a bad start to the World Cup for Saints playmaker Gaston Ramirez. Not only did he not make it onto the pitch for his country's opening game, but he watched as they were shocked 3-1 by Costa Rica. It puts the South Americans in deep trouble, ahead of Thursday's encounter with fellow Group D opponents England.
It's bad news for Saints duo Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, with both being left on the bench. Raheem Sterling is preferred to Lallana, who had looked set for some time to start tonight. Ex-Saint Rickie Lambert is on the bench also. Italy are without veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon, after he suffered a twisted ankle. The 36-year-old is among Italy's subs.
ENGLAND: Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.
Subs: Foster, Forster, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Lampard, Wilshere, Milner, Barkley, Lallana, Lambert.
ITALY: Sirigu, Chiellini, Darmian, Candreva, Marchisio, Balotelli, Barzagli, De Rossi, Paletta, Pirlo, Verratti.
Subs: Perin, Buffon, Thiago Motta, Abate, Cassano, Cerci, Aquilani, Immobile, Parolo, Bonucci, Insigne, De Sciglio.
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED).
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog, covering England's opening match of the 2014 World Cup, against Italy. Two Saints players - Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw - are in Roy Hodgson's squad, while the club's recently-departed striker, Rickie Lambert, is also among the group. We'll have build-up, team news and match updates for you throughout the night.