Several players familiar to English fans for their star turns in the Premier League will be out to beat the Three Lions in Brazil next summer.
England face Italy on 15 June in Manaus and Uruguay on 19 June in Sao Paulo before the final Group D fixture against Costa Rica on 24 June in Belo Horizonte.
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