Joe Hart believes Italy will face a brand new England team in their opening World Cup game today.
Roy Hodgson has taken a youthful squad to Brazil and Hart believes the Three Lions represent far more of a threat than at Euro 2012, when they were knocked out of the tournament by Italy at the quarter-final stage on penalties.
“The Euros was two years ago. We’ve all moved and we are looking forward to this game now as a new team with a lot of changes and positives,” said the England goalkeeper ahead of the clash in Manaus.
“So much has changed since then and so much has changed for us. We’ve moved forward as a squad. We’ve made nothing but positive strides forward.
“It’s exciting times. We’re a positive team and we’re looking to stamp our authority on the game and look to win. We know what we are capable of.”
Concerns have been raised over the state of the Manaus pitch after pictures emerged showing the playing surface looking in dry and patchy condition.