England unchanged, Italy switch three
Published : 24 Jun 2012 18:48:54
England manager Roy Hodgson named an unchanged side here Sunday for his team's Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy.
Hodgson kept faith with the starting line-up from last Tuesday's 1-0 win over Ukraine as England aimed to reach the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 16 years.
England captain Steven Gerrard resumes his partnership with Scott Parker in central midfield while Hodgson once again opted for James Milner and Ashley Young on the flanks. Wayne Rooney was paired with Danny Welbeck in attack.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli meanwhile made three changes to his side with Riccardo Montolivo replacing Thiago Motta, Leonardo Bonucci coming in for Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli starting in place of Antonio Di Natale.
Motta and Chiellini had both been suffering from hamstring problems while Balotelli impressed after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Ireland.
Coach: Roy Hodgson
Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Leonadro Bonucci, Federico Balzaretti; Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi; Riccardo Montolivo; Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano
Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR)