Soccer Star Wants the Queen to Kiss Him if Italy Keeps England Alive

Italy embarrassed England, but now England needs Italy more than ever since they lost to Uruguay 2-1 on Thursday afternoon. If England wants to stay alive, they need Italy to win twice. If Italy keeps its end of the bargain, superstar Mario Balotelli expects a kiss from Queen Elizabeth II!

Italy needs to beat Costa Rica on Friday and Uruguay on Tuesday. England needs to help themselves and beat Costa Rica on Tuesday. Friday night will be hot and humid in Recife, but Italy is prepared to win even if coach Cesare Prandelli says the weather favors Costa Rica.

“As far as I'm concerned the South American teams have an advantage not just because they live and work and operate under these conditions, but their explosiveness is different from that of European teams,” he said. “Based on the data that we looked at and the matches we analysed, the Europeans withstand more (defensively)--they're more resistant--but they are less explosive vis-a-vis their South American counterparts.”

“We're ready. We don't have any more excuses,” he continued. “The climate doesn't scare us anymore. The squads scare us--the squads that increase their pace during matches. So tomorrow, I think we're going to be suffering. I really believe that we will suffer, but we have an idea of what we're going to be doing on the pitch.”

Get your cheek ready, Balotelli! The experts at ESPN pick Italy over Costa Rica
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