Italy striker Mario Balotelli has completely ruled out England’s chances of winning the 2014 World Cup.  He believes that England can’t rival Italy, and has only 2 or 3 players who can hurt them.

Mario Balotelli has always been controversial, be it in his attitude or his remarks or his playing style. The talent and potential in the Italy striker is evident, but when it comes to attitude and discipline everything goes for a toss. The striker has played for Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan in his short career. His goal scoring record at these clubs is impeccable as is his Italy record. Mario Balotelli has scored 88 goals in 228 appearances in Club football while his Italy record shows 12 goals in 29 appearances. The talented striker could have been in another level if he was more disciplined and hard-working!

Former Manchester City striker has always occupied the news paper columns. Sometimes with his skills and goals, some other occasions it his attitude and issues, while his remarks and observations has been critical as well.

The football world took notice of Mario Balotelli, when he asked ‘Why Always Me? The controversial star remains in the news and as the World Cup is fast approaching, its time for him to make a come back. Mario Balotelli hasn’t disappointed the football enthusiasts with his recent interview. 2014 World Cup Group D opener is England V Italy and Mario Balotelli’s comments gains significance considering the importance of the fixture in a group which involves Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The striker who spend 3-years in England has completely ruled out Three Lions chances of winning the World Cup. Mario Balotelli has also made his reasoning clear with comparisons to his team Italy.

“I don’t look at England as a team that can win the World Cup. They have some good players, but they are no real rivals for Italy. I am not saying that Italy are favourites, but we have the mentality and experienced players to surprise people — I don’t think England have that. We have players who have won the World Cup, I don’t think England have a player who knows what it is like to play past the quarter-final.”

Mario Balotelli has won all the major competitions in English football. The winner of English Premier League, FA Cup and Community shield had notched up 30 goals during his stay in Manchester and will be looking to damage England’s hopes when Italy opens their account in Brazil. Even though Mario Balotelli has completed ruled out England’s chances of winning the world cup, he played it safe when it came to the World Cup Group D opener between England V Italy.

“In the opening game we have to respect England because it is important to get off to a good start. They have maybe two or three players who can hurt us, but we feel well prepared for the tournament and expect to start off with a win.”