Gerrard, 2-PSO-4 Balotelli, Pirlo,
Rooney Nocerino, Diamanti
England start off in a 4-4-1-1 shape, starting 11:
GK: Hart LB: Cole, CB: Lescott, CB : Terry, RB Johnson, RM: Milner,
CM: Parker, CM: Gerrard, LM: Young, Ss: Rooney, ST: Welbeck.
SUBS USED: Welbeck/Carroll 60 Milner/Walcott61 Parker/Henderson 94
Italy start off in a 4-3-1-2 shape, starting 11:
GK: Buffon, RB: Abate, CB: Bonucci, CB:Barzagil, LB: Balzaretti, DPM: Pirlo, LCM: De Rossi, RCM: Marchisio, False 10: Montolivo ST: Balotelli ST: Cassano
SUBS USED: Cassano/Diamanti 78 De Rossi/Nocerino 80 Abate/Maggio 91
A Little look:
Italy go into this quarter-final losing only two out of nine attempts, while England have only won three out of ten and, more significantly, they have only beaten Italy once in nine tries before today. England start with the same starting eleven that beat Ukraine. Italy will keep the same formation as in the Ireland game, although they were without Chiellini who has picked up an injury, so his Juvenutus team-mate Bonucci steps in, along with Motta giving his place up to Montolivo over fitness issues.
WHY WHO AND HOW
"It's a game of two half's" and after inventing football, England have taken a back seat on the development of the game tactically. Maybe their biggest regret is making it a two half game, as they only ever turn up for the first. Here, there and everywhere; that's where Italy were better in this game; they made over double the passes of England today, with 744 completed out of 833 (89%) compared to England's lowly 269 from 364 (74%). The evidence is made stronger by the fact that Montolivo made the same amount of passes in the attacking third (39) as the top three England players combined. England were always going to give up possession, and while that's not a bad thing if you counter well,