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The 55-year-old was tight-lipped on his side's preparations for Tuesday's encounter, but admitted the contest would go a long way towards deciding their fate in Group B

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says victory over Denmark on Tuesday would be "an important step" in their quest for World Cup 2014 qualification.

Despite beating Armenia 3-1 on Friday night, Italy have been severely criticised for their display by the Italian media and as a result Prandelli adopted a cautious approach in his pre-match press conference.

“I have respect for the press, but from home it’s difficult to judge a football match. I don’t want to give any advantage to the opponents," he told reporters.

“Denmark are a well organised team, but we need the three points. If we can manage to earn those it would be an important step in a very balanced group.”

Italy go into the game sat in first place in the group after taking seven points from their first three games, while Denmark begin in a disappointing fifth spot, with two points from two matches.

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