Badstuber: I would rather face England than Italy in the semi-finals

The Mannschaft central-back believes that playing Roy Hodgson's men in the next round would suit the style of play of the Group B winners
Germany defender Holger Badstuber has admitted that he would prefer to face England, rather than Italy, in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Joachim Low's men beat Greece 4-2 on Friday night in the quarter-finals to book a place in the last four, with the winners of Sunday's game between the Three Lions and the Azzurri their next opponents.

The Bayern Munich centre-back has confessed that Roy Hodgson's men would be easier to beat considering die Mannschaft's style of play, and is hoping for a rematch of the Euro 96 semi-final.

"I would rather face England. Why? They suit us better," he told reporters after the victory over Fernando Santos' side.

Germany's semi-final against either England or Italy will take place on Thursday evening in Warsaw.