Fifa brings England - Italy kick-off time forward

Fifa has decided to change the times of seven games at next summer's World Cup, including the Three Lions' opening game against the Azzurri

England have had the kick-off time for their opening World Cup group game against Italy in Manaus brought forward by three hours.

Roy Hodgson's men were originally set to play against Italy at 21:00 local time (02:00 UK time), however, they will now take to the field at the Arena da Amazonia at 18:00 (23:00 UK time).

The match is one of seven to have had their kick-off times adjusted by Fifa, who have come under pressure from broadcasters to reschedule games.

However, football's world governing body claims the times have been changed purely to enable players to compete in cooler temperatures.

A statement explained: "Following the Final Draw of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Fifa has now confirmed the match schedule for the 64 matches of next year's football flagship event.

"In total, only seven matches have been adjusted following the draw to allow later kick-off times in the hottest venues - in particular, for three matches in Manaus and one in Recife."

Full list of affected matches (all times are local):

Saturday June 14

Ivory Coast v Japan in Recife - 22:00 (from 19:00)

England v Italy in Manaus - 18:00 (from 21:00)

Wednesday June 18

Cameroon v Croatia in Manaus - 18:00 (from 15:00)

Spain v Chile in Rio de Janeiro - 16:00 (from 19:00)

Sunday June 22

United States v Portugal in Manaus - 18:00 (from 15:00)

Belgium v Russia in Rio de Janeiro - 13:00 (from 19:00)

South Korea v Algeria in Porto Alegre - 16:00 (from 13:00)