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Sturridge equalizes to leave England and Italy at 1-1 at halftime in Group D of World Cup

England's Gary Cahill (5) goes up to head the ball against Italy's Mario Balotelli (9) during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

England's Gary Cahill (5) goes up to head the ball against Italy's Mario Balotelli (9) during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Daniel Sturridge scored an equalizer for England two minutes after Claudio Marchisio had given Italy the lead to leave the two teams drawing 1-1 at halftime on Saturday in Group D at the World Cup.

Sturridge tapped in a cross from Wayne Rooney in the 37th minute to put England level.

Only a couple of minutes earlier, Marchisio scored from outside the area following a short corner, shooting through a crowded area and past England goalkeeper Joe Hart.