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Immobile: Play me against England logo 09-06-2014

Italy striker Ciro Immobile has called on coach Cesare Prandelli to play him alongside Mario Balotelli against England on Saturday.

The 24-year-old scored a hat trick and set up two other goals as Italy beat Brazilian club Fluminense 5-3 in World Cup warm-up game on Sunday.

Immobile, who recently joined Borussia Dortmund after finishing the season as Serie A's top scorer with Torino last season, is now hoping his rich vein of form will result in him starting Italy’s first Group D match.

"If I play on Saturday, [the coach] will exclusively decide, I accept all his choices. If we play Balotelli, it will mean that he felt it right. I can only do my best and carve out my space."

He added: "I think I can play along with Balotelli, but I do not make the decisions. Prandelli decides and his choices are not discussed.

"I'm a striker and obviously I live to score. I'm happy with my performance, it seems obvious to me [to play]."

Italy open up their World Cup campaign against England in Manaus on Saturday before facing Costa Rica and Uruguay as the Azzurri attempt to progress from one of the tournament’s toughest groups.

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