AC Milan striker, Mario Balotelli, has warned England to expect a World Cup defeat and declared he wants to establish himself as “number one striker in the world” in Brazil next summer.
The Italian striker, who left Manchester City in January 2013, says he wants to perform at the big stage in Brazil, and has told England to fear the worst when they meet in their group match on June 14.
"Brazil is a perfect time for me to establish myself as number one striker in the world," Balotell is quoted in The Sun.
"The World Cup is where I want to make my mark. The best players always perform on the biggest stages."
Balotelli believes his country has a stronger team than England and also the better historical record at major competitions.
"All I will say is that I believe we are a stronger team than England and historically we always perform better than them at the major competitions," Balotelli said.
Italy has won the World Cup four times already and could level Brazil as the most successful World Cup nation, whilst England only ever won the title once and are fearing their group with Uruguay and Italy.
The AC Milan forward also had encouraging words for his former City team-mate, Joe Hart, whom Balotelli still believes is the best keeper in England.
"There's no question for me that Joe should be number one for England in Brazil," he said.
"He's the best English goalkeeper and the best in the Premier League. The best players in the world can make mistakes, but the class of a player like Joe will always come through."
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