The Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper will be playing in only his ninth match for the national team.
Mario Balotelli was also in Italy's starting 11.
Italy fullback Mattia De Sciglio has also been ruled out due to a strained leg muscle.
In midfield, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti were in the center while attacking midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Antonio Candreva will support Balotelli in attack.
The match is the first to be staged in the jungle city of Manaus at the Arena da Amazonia.
Costa Rica beat Uruguay 3-1 in the other Group D match.
England: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Steven Gerrard, Ross Henderson, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge.
Italy: Salvatore Sirigu, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Candreva, Claudio Marchisio, Mario Balotelli, Andrea Barzagli, Daniele De Rossi, Gabriel Paletta, Andrea Pirlo, Marco Verratti.