European rivals, England and Italy kick-off their World Cup campaigns in the searing temperatures of the Amazon jungle on Saturday as they go head to head in an all important tie of Group D.
European rivals, England and Italy kick-off their World Cup campaigns in the searing temperatures of the Amazon jungle on Saturday as they go head to head in an all important tie of Group D. As the teams gear up for an all important clash in the ‘group of death’, here are the two important players from either side that can make a difference. England’s Wayne Rooney and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo will be under the scanner as they take the field in Manaus.
Wayne Rooney – Even though Team England boasts some exciting young talent in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; the onus of being the talisman rests on the shoulders of Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney. ‘Roo’ still holds the quality and ‘x-factor’ that could lift the side and could decisive in a vital game as the Italians. Even though he has failed to deliver for England on the bigger stage, it’s time the former Everton striker repents the faith of coach Roy Hodgson.
Andrea Pirlo – 35-year old Andrea Pirlo might not have the pace to outrun the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana but the Juventus midfielder still possesses the creative brains that could outdo any opposition. The veteran midfielder who has World Cup medal (2006) will look to be the creative force in the midfield and provide the cutting edge passes to the likes of Mario Balotelli.
This match is a ‘must watch’ and with these two giants colliding, expect a goalfest!