Jun 14, 2014 at 11pm UK at ​Arena Amazonia, Manaus
England
1-2
Italy
Sturridge (37')
Sterling (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Marchisio (35'), Balotelli (50')

Mario Balotelli wants Italy fear factor

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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Italy striker Mario Balotelli believes that every team should "fear" the Azzurri following their 2-1 win over England.

Italy flashed their World Cup credentials by beating England in their Group D opener this morning, according to match-winner Mario Balotelli.

The AC Milan hitman nodded home a 50th-minute winner as the Azzurri opened their account with a 2-1 victory over Roy Hodgson's side in Manaus.

Now, Balotelli believes that Italy can further improve in the tournament and warns their rivals that they should fear Cesare Prandelli's men.

"We will go step by step from here, England are a good team. We played well, struggling in the heat, but it was important to win," he told reporters at full time.

"All teams are worth fearing but now everyone else must also fear us."

Next up for Italy is a clash with Costa Rica on Thursday, who also enjoyed victory at the first attempt by beating Uruguay 3-1.

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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