Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/23/12
While Mario Balotelli likened himself to Peter Pan off the pitch, Italy's often volatile striker showed surprising focus in pure football terms before Sunday's showdown with a familiar England squad. The 21-year-old forward met the media on Saturday for the first time at the European Championship and revealed how much ''fun'' it's going to be facing three of his Manchester City teammates in the quarterfinals - England goalkeeper Joe Hart, center back Joleon Lescott and midfielder James Milner. ''They know me and I know them,'' Balotelli said. ''I just hope we win. Even though they're my teammates, I hope they're going to lose.'' Balotelli has been the center of discussion at Italy's camp ever since the squad arrived in Poland. In the team's opener against Spain, he wasted a wonderful scoring opportunity by inexplicably slowing down just enough for defender Sergio Ramos to catch up with him and strip him of the ball. Then, after losing his starting spot in the final Group C matc...
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