Live FIFA World Cup 2014 Text Commentary: England vs Italy In Group D

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Blow-by-blow updates of England’s opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

England get their World Cup campaign underway this evening.

Roy Hodgson’s men are in hot and humid Manaus in the north of Brazil to take on Italy.

Italy are ranked ninth in the world, one place above England, and the Azzurri were originally slight favourites with the bookies to win tonight’s game.

However, they were dealt a blow yesterday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury.

Can England get three vital points and join Costa Rica, who beat Uruguay 3-1 earlier today, at the top of Group D? Find out by following the action with our live updates below.

Kick off is at 11pm UK time.

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