England has suffered a narrow defeat in its opening match of the 2014 World Cup, losing 2-1 to Italy in Manaus.
Italy opened the scoring with a Claudio Marchisio goal in the 35th minute, only for England to strike back when Daniel Sturridge scored from a Wayne Rooney cross.
The winning goal came for Italy in the 51st minute when Mario Balotelli scored with a header shortly after the half-time break.
Roy Hodgson’s side had several unsuccessful attacking efforts as they tried to get back into the game, but Italy’s Salvatore Sirigu put in a strong performance in goal.
There was an unusual injury for the England squad when the team’s physio, Gary Lewin, dislocated his ankle while celebrating Sturridge’s goal.
Lewin was carried off the sidelines after suffering the injury in the 37th minute.
The win sees Italy join Costa Rica on three points at the top of Group D.
A disappointed Stephen Gerrard said after the match: “Italy are a good team and we knew how they were going to play it.
“It’s disappointing because we put so much into it.”
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