FORMER Saints star Alan Shearer would start with Adam Lallana in England’s opening World Cup tie against Italy.

Shearer, pictured, who scored 30 goals in 63 international appearances, remains optimistic about England’s chances. He said: “I would start with Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines.

“I would have Steven Gerrard and then either Jordan Henderson or Jack Wilshere, depending on Wilshere's fitness, in front of the back four.

“With a three in front of them of Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling. And with Daniel Sturridge at the top of that.

“That’s the way I would set up. It’s exciting, it’s got a bit of youth in it, a bit of experience in it and who knows?”