Gary Neville has warned England's players they risk getting sent off themselves if they try to wind Mario Balotelli up.

The margins between success and failure when England take on Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev are so fine that the loss of a player could tip the balance. So Balotelli's notoriously fragile temperament might be viewed as a legitimate target.

After all, Neville branded the Manchester City forward "a clown" following his ludicrous red card at Arsenal in April. However, he feels niggling Balotelli could prove devastatingly counter-productive, saying: "If you go into the game thinking 'I'll go and try to wind up Balotelli', you could get sent off yourself."

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