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TEAM NEWS: Balotelli starts for Italy against an unchanged England for Euro 2012 quarterfinal

Welbeck continues to partner Rooney in attack for The Three Lions, as Milner also keeps his place in midfield, while the Azzurri make three changes from their 2-0 win over Ireland

Roy Hodgson has named the same England lineup that beat Ukraine for its Euro 2012 quarterfinal with Italy, while Mario Balotelli will face a number of his club teammates after being handed a starting place.

Danny Welbeck continues to partner Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney up front, after the latter made a scoring return against the co-hosts, meaning Andy Carroll has to wait for his chance from the bench once more.

In midfield, the more defensive James Milner keeps his place ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott on the right wing, with Ashley Young recovering from a shin knock suffered in the final group game to start on the left-hand side.

The Three Lions have five players that are a booking away from missing the semifinal, should they progress: Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Young.

Cesare Prandelli sticks with the 4-3-1-2 formation used in the 2-0 victory over Ireland in their last group game, with one of the goalscorers, and last week's headline grabber Balotelli set to lineup against a number of his Manchester City teammates.

Antonio Di Natale therefore drops to the bench, while elsewhere Giorgio Chiellini misses out with a thigh injury aggravated in the side's last outing and is replaced by Leonardo Bonucci.

The Italian boss makes one other change which sees Riccardo Montolivo come in for Thiago Motta, who is also struggling for fitness after muscle fatigue which forced him to miss training during the week.

Eight of the Azzurri squad are walking the suspension tightrope this evening, with Balotelli, Federico Balzaretti, Bonucci, Daniele De Rossi, Christian Maggio, Montolivo, Motta and Gianluigi Buffon all one yellow card away from missing their next match.

England (4-4-2): Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Young; Rooney, Welbeck

Subs: Green, Butland, Kelly, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Henderson, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Carroll, Defoe

Italy (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Balzaretti; De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Cassano, Balotelli

Subs: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Ogbonna, Maggio, Giaccherini, Giovinco, Nocerino, Borini, Diamanti, Di Natale, Motta

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