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Lescott will be able to quell Man City teammate Balotelli - Neville

England coach Gary Neville is confident that Joleon Lescott will be able to deal with Italy striker Mario Balotelli on Sunday.

The Three Lions meet the Azzurri in the Euro2012 quarter-finals in Kiev and Neville feels that centre-back Lescott will have great insight into how his dangerous Manchester City teammate Balotelli goes about his business.

"Joleon will know him better than we do, that's the great thing," Neville told FATV.

"There will be no surprise for Joleon on Sunday and the same for John Terry who'll have played against him as well, so that's a good thing.

"But obviously knowing and playing against him means that there will be that added extra spice that Balotelli himself will want to put one over on England.

"He plays in the country, he's a big figure in England with respect to the media he gets and he's a champion of England now with Manchester City and he will be very difficult to play against."

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