Former Chelsea and Juventus star Gianluca Vialli says AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli deserves his starting place in Italy's team. Balotelli is sure to start against England in tomorrow's World Cup opener.

"I think it's only right to start with Balotelli," Vialli told Sky Sport Italia.

"He had a very good Euro 2012 and Confederations Cup. He earned his starting spot in the Italy side, as long as he does the dirty work and plays for the team.

"Will it be Immobile's World Cup? If it is to become his tournament, then we'll see straight away if something happens."

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