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Marchisio wary of England

2014-06-11 11:51
Italy's Claudio Marchisio (Supplied)
Italy's Claudio Marchisio (Supplied)
Cape Town - Italy international Claudio Marchisio thinks England are not to be trifled with ahead of their World Cup opener at the Amazonia Arena on Saturday.

The fact the Three Lions will be represented by a young and inexperienced squad during this year’s campaign has been well documented, but Marchisio is of the opinion the relative youth of this year’s England squad could actually serve them well in Brazil.

"They've got some new faces like [Daniel] Sturridge, but we also have more experience now," Marchisio told journalists this week.

"We're two nations with different characteristics. We're working on our possession and counterattacking, but we're going to have to change our approach against them," added Marchisio.

While Marchisio is convinced Italy still have the superior team, he thinks that the Azzurri will have to work particularly hard for a positive result against the Three Lions.

"We're going to have to be very careful because they are very strong physically and have some very quick players," he said.

"We're trying to improve, and that does not mean that we're not ready and that we have any doubts. We're just perfecting our machine."

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