Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has advised Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to play Mario Balotelli from the start against England.
The Azzurri takes on England in Sunday's
"Mario should always play," Mancini said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "He is the best and, with him, the national team is much stronger."
Prandelli did not start with the 21-year-old Balotelli in Italy's 2-0 triumph over the
The temperamental forward came off the bench and scored his first goal in the tournament.
"I don't want to steal Prandelli's job because he is doing very well, but I consider Mario the best Italian striker.
"Mario is a champion and champions help you to win things.
Mancini, who led City to its first Premier League title since 1968 this season, expects a very tight game.
"England have to thank [former national coach)]
"You can see the work of a good and experienced coach like Capello is in this team.
"England are a well organised side who know what they want.
"He is intelligent, good and crafty – the right man to continue Capello's work.
"England wait for their opponents and hit them on the counter-attack.
"This is the kind of football that we, Italians, were masters at for a long time.
"They have understood that winning is what matters at tournaments and Hodgson has always been a pragmatic coach.
"It would be an error to take on England with force and aerial play."
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