Balotelli: You must fear Italy


That is the view of controversial striker Mario Balotelli, who scored in the Azzurri’s 2-1 victory against Czech Republic last night – a victory that saw them, along with the Netherlands, become the first European side to qualify for the finals.

And the AC Milan attacker says they should be counted amongst the title contenders in Brazil.

“I think we’re among the favourites,” he told RAI Sport. “There are one or two teams above us, but they should fear us, not the other way around.”