Southend United reporter Chris Phillips picks his England team for the big match

Thurrock Gazette: Wayne Rooney, will he face the Italians? Wayne Rooney, will he face the Italians?

SOUTHEND United reporter Chris Phillips gives his analysis of Saturday's big World Cup battle between England and Italy.

"I can see this being quite a tight and nervy affair with not many goals being scored.

"With this being the opening game of the tournament, neither of the sides will want to lose and I think it is likely to end up as a draw.

"However, England do have the pace in the team to be able to hurt the opposition and it will be interesting to see how Raheem Sterling performs under pressure.

"I still remember seeing him five goals for Liverpool’s youth team game against Southend United a few seasons ago in one of the best individual performances I’ve ever seen.

"I’ve also been impressed by Ross Barkley in the warm up games and hope to see him getting on the pitch at some point."

My England 11:

In goal: Joe Hart (pictured)

Thurrock Gazette:

Defenders:

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

Thurrock Gazette:

Midfielders:

Steven Gerrard (pictured), Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana (pictured), Raheem Stirling

Thurrock Gazette:

Thurrock Gazette:

Strikers:

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge (pictured)

Thurrock Gazette:

 

 

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8:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Is there a football thing on? Krap on telly then!
Is there a football thing on? Krap on telly then! Living the La Vida Legra
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11:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Nice to see a Traveller being relied on to bring the nations football dreams a step nearer...
Nice to see a Traveller being relied on to bring the nations football dreams a step nearer... ThisYear
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