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We can beat any team: Balotelli

Rio de Janeiro: Italy might have failed to win any of their last seven games, including draws with Armenia, Nigeria, Denmark, Republic of Ireland and Luxembourg, but striker Mario Balotelli believes they can peak at the right time and win the World Cup.

“I totally believe that Italy can win the World Cup. I’m convinced that we can beat anybody. With the quality and experience we have, Italy are a team any nation should fear playing.

“Our form has not been so good of late, but we will peak at the right time,” said Balotelli.

Andrea Pirlo also feels Italy can win their fifth World Cup and catch up with Brazil.

“The feeling to represent your country in a World Cup is amazing, and the feeling when you win one is indescribable,” said Pirlo, who was part of the Italy squad which won the 2006 World Cup. “I have already been fortunate enough to win the World Cup, and just maybe I can win one more. This win will be special as we will our fifth World Cup and catch up with Brazil,” he added.

Italy start their World Cup campaign against England on Saturday. Speaking about the match, Balotelli said: “I am realistic and know that maybe there are one or two teams who are operating at a level higher than us — but one of them are definitely not England. We are confident that we will start the World Cup on a winning note.”

Speaking about his own form, Balotelli said: “Now is the time for me to do my talking, but I want to do my talking on the field. I still have dreams of being the best player in the world, and legends are made at the World Cup.”