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Italy 2-1 England: Five Talking Points

Snehartho Dey
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Modified 15 Jun 2014, 13:51 IST
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#2 Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge: Roy Hodgson\'s young England looks promising

Even though they lost their first fixture, England supporters should be in a positive frame of mind after seeing a good performance from a fresh and young England side. Roy Hodgson employed a new look into the attacking line up as he went for the young legs of Danny Welbeck, Rahem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. The trio provided pace and trickery up front along with Rooney as their experienced partner.

One can probably say that England have found a clinical finisher in the form of Sturridge since the days of a young Michael Owen. The Liverpool forward was on target and he gave a hard time to the Italian defence. An immense performance came to halt when he had to be substituted in the second half as he limped off the field. His club team-mate Raheem Sterling was deployed in a free role in an attacking midfielder's position and clearly was the best player on the pitch.

The decisive pass came from Sterling when he found Rooney on the left flank before the assist was provided to Sturridge for the first goal. He got the better of his opponents at times and looked promising overall on the night. Certainly some good signs from what Hodgson saw and despite losing their opening fixture, England have room to improve and can qualify out of their group phase.

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Published 15 Jun 2014, 12:31 IST
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