World Cup 2014 dates: When do England play Italy?

A look ahead to the Three Lions' opening game of the tournament

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England's opening game of the World Cup is against Italy and takes place on Saturday June 14.

The Group D match will kick off at 11pm BST and will be hosted at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus.

The game was originally due to kick-off at 1am but was brought forward by two hours due to the large European audience that will be watching.

England's other two group games are against Uruguay on Thursday June 19 and Costa Rica on Tuesday June 24.


The tournament starts on June 12 with hosts Brazil playing Croatia while the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro is on Sunday July 13.