Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has again heaped praise on Mario Balotelli.

Mancini believes Italy are superior to Spain because they boast one the planet's best strikers, Balotelli.

The City boss said: "Balotelli is the strongest striker of Italy and he has to play. No one else could give England the same problem.

"Cesare Prandelli is doing a terrific work but he has to rely on Mario. He is too important and you could not leave him on the bench."