Sterling gets the nod
Hodgson has been full of praise for Sterling's performances in training this week and now the winger has a chance to show he can cut it on the biggest stage in world football.
The 19-year-old midfielder was handed just his third England start in an attack-minded XI, which contained five Liverpool players in total.
England were expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in Manaus, where temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius.
There were no surprises in defence as Hodgson selected Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka at centre-back.
England were handed a massive boost before kick-off when Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out with an ankle injury.
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