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Italy will be ready for World Cup, Prandelli warns England

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli accepts the Azzurri have a tough World Cup group but expects his side to be fighting fit.

Cesare Prandelli believes his Italy side will be raring to go by the time they kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign against England on June 14.

The 2006 World Cup winners have a testing group and know that the opening game could be crucial with tests against Uruguay and Costa Rica to follow.

The draw was given a mixed reception by the Italian press and it was widely reported as being a difficult group that could stretch the Italians.

"In football nothing is impossible, things can just be complicated," Prandelli said on Tg5.

"We Italians know how to take on difficulties and so I am convinced that we will arrive extremely prepared for this challenge.

"We have tried to prepare ourselves for the Brazilian climate. We have ideas and we will work lots before the World Cup starts."

The Italians looked impressive in qualification for the World Cup and ran away with Group B, finishing six points ahead of Denmark.

AC Milan's volatile marksman Mario Balotelli was the star man in qualification with five goals to his name and England will also have to deal with a fit-again Giuseppe Rossi.

Italy got the better of England at Euro 2012 but they needed a penalty shootout after fighting out a tense 0-0 draw in Kiev.

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