MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Salvatore Sirigu will start in goal for Italy in the Group D match against England on Saturday after Gianluigi Buffon injured his ankle in training.
The Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper will be playing in only his ninth match for the national team.
Mario Balotelli was also in Italy's starting 11.
For England, 19-year-old Raheem Sterling was starting in an attack-minded lineup with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.
England: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Steven Gerrard, Ross Henderson, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge.
Italy: Salvatore Sirigu, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio, Mario Balotelli, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, Gabriel Paletta, Andrea Pirlo, Marco Verratti.