Captains Buffon, left, and Gerrard, will face off Saturday. (AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ/MLADEN ANTONOV)
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When England face off against Italy in their opening World Cup match in Manaus Saturday, supporters of Liverpool and Juventus will be forgiven for paying particularly close attention.While captain Steven Gerrard and rightback Glen Johnson have long been England regulars, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and teenager Raheem Sterling have only emerged as potential starters in the past year.Rickie Lambert's recent move to Anfield from Southampton means that England manager Roy Hodgson could conceivably field a team containing six Liverpool players, but it is unlikely that he will start against Italy.The defense has a Juventus spine, with captain Gianluigi Buffon keeping goal behind a centerback pairing formed by club colleagues Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.
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