Cesare Prandelli has revealed that he would not take any England player to replace anyone in Italy's World Cup squad.
Despite praising the efforts of Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup, Italy's coach, whose side will face the Three Lions in the opening round, believes his side are good enough to beat them. Both teams will compete in Group D alongside Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The coaches will submit their provisional 30-man squads by May 13 and the former Fiorentina boss has wasted no time in commenting on his English counterpart's players.
Prandelli told Fox Sports: "Hodgson has found some very interesting players.
"In particular when you consider them from a physical perspective. They are very technical and resistant. They are a very, very strong team. They have some interesting young players. Until around a year ago no one thought they would be able make an impression in the Premier League."
After passing on these words of reverence, he stated that he would not trade any England players for his Italian squad.
He continued: "But I wouldn't take anyone to have instead of my own players. We are a good team too."
This statement may be an attempt at mind games with the England boss and his players, but it will definitely enhance his squad's overall confidence ahead of their match at the Amazon Arena in Amazonas.
The 56-year-old also commented on the possibility of coaching in the Premier League as his contract will expire after the World Cup.
"Going abroad fascinates everyone. Every time I talk to one of my colleagues who is working abroad, they have a smile on their face that I have forgotten about a little bit.
"Maybe in Italy there is too much pressure. I also one day dream of having such an experience.
"The English League is very competitive and full of enthusiasm. It is watched by a lot of people and transmits a lot of emotions."
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