England v Italy
By Dean Farley
Sunday 24 Jun 2012 10:45:00
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England have a chance to get though to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, but there is the small matter of Italy in Sunday's quarter-final to deal with first.
Roy Hodgson will be looking to continue his unbeaten run. Of course, Hodgson managed in Italy a few years back. Hopefully this will allow England to have a better understanding on how the Italians will set up and play against England.
No changes are expected from the starting line up. Wayne Rooney is expected to start following his winning goal against Ukraine the other night.
However, Italy are still a very strong team. Mario Balotelli could start as a lone striker. Hopefully, England's defence will know how to contain Balotelli, with Manchester City team mates Jolean Lescott and Joe Hart commanding the defence.
Everyone knows that England must up their game if they are to beat Italy. I'm sure the lads will give their all, and hopefully I will be writing another match preview next week!

Dean Farley

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