Cesare Prandelli has reflected on Italy’s opening World Cup opponents England: “They have improved a lot.”
The Azzurri will open Group D of the competition against Roy Hodgson’s side on June 14 in Manaus, two years on from crossing swords in the quarter-final stage of Euro 2012.
For Prandelli, however, the Three Lions he is anticipating facing in Brazil may bear little resemblance to that side defeated in Kiev.
“I think England have improved a lot,” Prandelli has told BBC World Service this week.
“They have discovered new players, especially the wingers, and athletic players who run a lot
“Despite the fact we dominated that game, we weren't able to score - I'm sure this will be a totally different match to the one we played two years ago.
“We'll find a different England, with different footballers, because like I said, in the last months they have been good and lucky enough to scout new and talented players.”