AC Milan fullback Abate impressed by youthful England

AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate is wary of Italy's World Cup opponents England.

AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate is wary of Italy's World Cup opponents England.

The Italians knocked England out of Euro 2012 on penalties in the last eight but there is a feeling the two teams who meet in Manaus on Saturday may have moved in opposite directions since.

"England have changed a lot," said AC Milan full-back Abate. "They have created a good mix and they could be the revelation of this World Cup.

"It will be a very difficult match, but I am convinced we will arrive in the best physical and mental condition. We need to erase what has been done previously and start again with great humility.

"At the Euros we started with a lot of scepticism, no-one bet a Euro on us, but we got to the final thanks to our desire to surprise.

"That should be the task in the World Cup too. We can’t think we are a great team who can play within itself or wait for an individual to come up with the goods.

'As long as we don’t lose our humility and willingness to make sacrifices, we can cause anyone problems."

 
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