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')

Cesare Prandelli: 'England one of the strongest teams in the World Cup'

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli believes that England are "one of the strongest teams in the World Cup"

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has expressed his belief that England are one of the strongest teams in the World Cup, despite the Three Lions losing 2-1 to his side last night.

Prandelli praised England for changing their style of play since two years ago, when Italy knocked them out of Euro 2012 on penalties.

"It was an epic match and I feel that England is one of the strongest teams in the World Cup," said Prandelli.

"They have changed a lot, and I am so satisfied. We played a great game. We don't have players who are as powerful as England's but we have technically skilled players, and in the first half we had better ball possession."

Italy will face Costa Rica on Friday in their next match in Group D.

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli heads the ball to score a goal as England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (L) and England's defender Gary Cahill try to defend during a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014
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