Italy’s Mario Balotelli requests ‘a kiss from the Queen’

AC Milan striker made cheeky announcement on Twitter after Uruguay’s 2-1 win against England on Thursday

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Italy’s Mario Balotelli has declared that he expects a kiss from the Queen if he is able to rescue England’s seemingly hopeless World Cup campaign.

The prominent 23-year-old striker - who last year ended a two-and-a-half year stint at Manchester City - made the cheeky announcement on social networking site Twitter.

“If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen. (sic)” he wrote, referring to his upcoming match on Friday.

If Italy defeats Costa Rica, England's defeat in Brazil will not come until their final group game.

The message has already been over retweeted 152,000 times since it was posted - less than 24 hours ago.

Slim chances

England’s hopes of making it past the first round of the World Cup seem slim, after their 2-1 defeat by Uruguay on Thursday.

Having already lost an opener with Italy, a draw between Italy and Costa Rica on Friday would put England out of contention at the World Cup.

Luckily for England, neither team will want to settle for one point with so much still at stake in Group D.

Italy and Costa Rica already have a win each, and another victory would let either team take control of the standings. Costa Rica opened with a stunning win over 2010 semifinalist Uruguay, which rebounded with a 2-1 victory over an England team that lost its opener to Italy.

(With the Associated Press)