Prandelli: We must approach England game without fear

The Italy coach has praised the Three Lions' qualities ahead of the clash between the two sides, but insisted that his men should not pay too much respect to their opponents
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has warned his team that they must approach their quarter-final with England with no fear in order to be successful.

Speaking ahead of the fixture between the two teams on Sunday, the trainer insisted that his men should maintain their focus and wait for their opportunity to strike.

"It's going to be tough game and we must go into the game without any fear. Over the course of the 90 minutes we've got to retain our focus, so we can wait for our opportunity," he told reporters.

"The side we're going to take on has a lot of good footballers. They are very organised, they don't just play all over the place.

"We've prepared by looking at England. What we've noticed is that they're one of the most organised sides in Europe. They focus on a small, 40-metre space.

"They're going to play at a high tempo and put their foot in but we need to take the initiative. For the first time in my two years in charge I've left everybody not knowing who is going to start."
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The coach then took time to speak about the fitness of Thiago Motta, who had reportedly picked up a muscle injury, but refused to reveal any of his selection decisions.

"Thiago Motta has a muscle problem, but he has trained and is available for tomorrow's game, so there's no question about his availability - we just have to decide whether or not we need him, tactically," he added.

"For the first time in my two years in charge I've left everybody not knowing who is going to start. It's an advantage that [Mario] Balotelli knows English football so well. He'll only know if he is playing one hour before kick-off."