Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge posted a selfie of the England squad on the team bus. Daniel Sturridge /Twitter

The England team are in high spirits ahead of their world cup opening clash with Italy this evening. (June 14)

England captain Steven Gerrard said his team have "no fear" ahead of their first match in the football tournament which takes place in the city of Manaus.

Speaking to The Mirror, 34-year-old Gerrard said: "We can't wait to get started. Of course we have respect for Italy, they are a great team with wonderful players.

"But no fear, we are confident and cannot wait for the kick-off now to get going. We have a game plan."

England forward Daniel Sturridge posted a selfie of the young squad on the team bus in Brazil.

Posting the picture he wrote: "Now we're cooking!! #squad #worldcup 2104 #team #england shoutout to Luke Shaw for the sweet boy pose. I see you baby lol."

Gerrard also posted a photograph on his Instagram account overlooking the Arena da Amazonia, with the message: "A view of the stadium through the jungle. The wait is almost over."

Manaus' Arena da Amazonia
Stephen Gerrard posted a picture of the view surrounding the Manaus' Arena da Amazonia. Stephen Gerrard

It will be the third England skipper's third bid for world cup glory in his career.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would be among the millions of British football fans cheering the team on.

"It is a tough draw, some say it couldn't be tougher but we are right behind you, every step of the way. Go for it."

"On behalf of the whole country I want to wish the England team the very best of luck for the World Cup," Mr Cameron addedd. "There is nothing like a World Cup to bring our country together."

Meanwhile, retailers are expected to rake in £1billion in sales of TVs, football shirts, bunting, flags, party food and drink as football fever strikes the UK.

The government has extended pub opening hours with thousands of extra police officers being deployed around the country in an effort to clamp down on drunken behaviour.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it is treating tonight like a 'mini New Year'.