VIDEO: Balotelli and Italy gear up for crucial Costa Rica clash

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England will be eliminated from the World Cup if Italy fail to beat Costa Rica in Recife today. The Italians are prepared for a tough game against the Ticos.

With Uruguay's 2-1 victory over England, the Group D clash between Italy and Costa Rica is all the more important. A win for either side would see them guarantee qualification for the next round, while a draw or Costa Rica victory would see England knocked out.

Cesare Prandelli's Italy side are prepared for a tough test in the meeting with the Ticos, who are the surprise leaders of the group after they shocked Uruguay 3-1.

"Our main issues regarding the opposite team are that they probably know us very well, have studied closely our players' performance, and that they have three players as forwards of great quality," the Azzuri manager said.

Star striker Mario Balotelli meanwhile, who scored the winner in Italy's opener against England, wants to stay out of the limelight and focus on getting the best results for the team.

"I hope this is Italy's World Cup, and not Mario's," the AC Milan man said. "I play with Italy, I hope I can give great support to this team."

"But it doesn't really interest me to play the role of the great star, because it's the entire team that wins and it's the whole team that's in this World Cup."

Balotelli was the match-winner against England, and now fans of the Three Lions will be willing him to have the same effect against Costa Rica. The former Manchester City man appears relaxed and in good spirits in this tournament, a stark contrast to Euro 2012, where he was disappointed to be dropped for poor performance.

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