Thursday April 17 2014
Hodgson: Pirlo over Balo

England Coach Roy Hodgson says Andrea Pirlo, not Mario Balotelli, will be the man to watch out for when his side take on the Italy at the World Cup.

The former Inter boss also praised the work of Azzurri counterpart Cesare Prandelli during an interview conducted in Italian with Sports Mediaset.

“I fear Andrea Pirlo much more than Mario Balotelli out of the Italian team,” Hodgson said.

“For the last ten years Pirlo is the one who has made Italy play.

“Prandelli has done a great job and the team has grown under him. But we are ready for a match that will be difficult.”