Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/22/12
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The banter has stopped between Joe Hart and Mario Balotelli as the Manchester City team-mates recognise the importance of Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final. Speaking ahead of the clash between England and Italy in Kiev, Hart confirmed the pair had been chatting since it was established only one could reach the last four. And rather than the usual ridicule, the 25-year-old revealed discussions had been much more serious. "Usually it's the ordinary mickey-taking arguments in training,'' he said. "Nothing's won or lost. "This means something. There's a lot of respect for the game and for each other." For once Wayne Rooney is being overshadowed in the build-up to a huge game, such is the impact Balotelli's mad-cap antics have had in England. Whether it be having to call the fire brigade after fireworks were released in his house, appearing unprompted at the unveiling of Inter Milan boss Andrea Stramaccioni or visiting prisons, there are so many bizarre off-field stories that even t...
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