England v Italy: Key battles

Ashley Young
Ashley Young still has something to prove in an England shirt after a disappointing Euro 2012. Photo: PA

England start a new season looking for revenge over Euro 2012 conquerors Italy in Berne tomorrow.

In truth, respective managers Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli are more interested in analysing some fringe members of their squad than the actual result ahead of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

To that end, some England players have more to lose than others.

Michael Carrick v Daniele de Rossi

Confusion surrounded Carrick's omission from the European Championship squad but now the Manchester United man is back and eager to prove he should have more than a meagre 22 caps. De Rossi will provide the perfect test.

Gary Cahill v Stephan El-Shaarawy

Cahill looks to have a major role to play in the evolution of Hodgson's side. El-Shaarawy has already created a big impression at AC Milan, so Cahill will have to be at his best to subdue the 19-year-old.

Ashley Young v Ignazio Abate

It is a measure of how far Young's stock has fallen that after starting Euro 2012 as a key man, the Manchester United star needs a performance in Berne if he is to keep his place.