Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has warned that quality counts for little in a quarter-final, as “England are very solid.”
The two nations go head-to-head on Sunday evening in Euro 2012 and the Azzurri shot-stopper was in a Press conference today with teammates Gigi Buffon and Morgan De Sanctis.
“England have strong and important players, while in terms of style they are very solid,” said the PSG shot-stopper.
“It is a game we have to be very wary of. They have some very good players in the squad, but quality is a difficult thing to decipher.
“I couldn’t say who will be better on the night, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens on the pitch.
“Wayne Rooney is a complete player and really quite formidable. I put him after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as he has everything needed to be a star.”
Sirigu played at Paris Saint-Germain this season with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.
“I spoke to Ancelotti a great deal about English football. It is different from ours, above all in the way it is experienced.”
During today’s Press conference, Buffon was asked who the best young goalkeepers at Euro 2012 were, replying Sirigu and Germany’s Manuel Neuer.
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