Italy Defender Ignazio Abate Says New-Look England Could Be World Cup Threat

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Milan stopper praises England’s young lions.

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Italy defender Ignazio Abate believes England’s new look side have what it takes to take the World Cup by storm this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

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.

Cesare Prandelli’s men had not won since last September until they defeated Brazilian club side Fluminense on Sunday night, and had even failed to beat minnows Luxembourg in a friendly last week.

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s side were held to a goalless draw by Honduras in Miami on Saturday, but young players such as Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley have added vibrancy and freshness.

And now Abate believes that the Three Lions will pose a different threat to the one they matched up to back in 2012.

“England have changed a lot,” said the AC Milan full-back.

“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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