Former Italy star Gianluca Vialli thinks his compatriots will handle the pressure of the FIFA World Cup better than Group D rivals England.
Vialli, who featured at the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals, spent a significant period of his football career in England, playing for and coaching Chelsea between 1996 and 2000, before also managing Watford during the 2001-2002 season.
England will meet Italy in their Group D opener in Manaus on Saturday and Vialli is confident that his nation will finish ahead of Roy Hodgson's men, as Uruguay and Costa Rica also eye one of the two qualification places.
Vialli is convinced that England will struggle to cope with the pressure put on them by expectant supporters, while the 49-year-old does not think the issue will be a problem for Italy's players, who he claims "eat pressure for breakfast".
He told Perform: "I think it's quite funny with England because for about four years all the England fans and the England players feel a bit depressed and disillusioned when it comes to the England side.
"And then one month before the World Cup starts everybody sort of starts feeling that they (will) naturally win it and everybody feels super-confident. I think that England fans should try to find a balance in between both state of minds.
"But I think the England players find it quite difficult when they play in the World Cup because they are not used to the pressure. When they play in the Premiership (Premier League), when they play Manchester United versus Chelsea for example or Arsenal, there's no pressure, it's actually quite fun to play.
"You know that there are no consequences if you don't do well as long as you do your best on the pitch. And therefore, when they play for the national team, when they wear the England shirt, all of a sudden they realise they are representing their country, they feel there is a massive expectation, there's a lot of scrutiny and a lot of consequences.
"It's the inability to handle the pressure that makes a big difference between between the Italian players and the England players when it comes to the World Cup stage.
"The Italian players, they eat pressure for breakfast, so they grow up with a lot of pressure and they know how to handle it. Also we (Italy) are very good at winning games even though we are not playing at our best, which is something that England players need to learn quite fast if they want to succeed in the World Cup, because there will be one or two games where you will not be performing so you need to be able to win it anyway.
"We are good at that, historically we are very good at that."
Although Vialli is not convinced by England's ability to perform under intense pressure, he acknowledges they are more than capable of posing a threat on Saturday.
"I think England are a very exciting side because they have got so many young, talented, creative players, playing up front," he added.
"The likes of (Daniel) Sturridge, (Wayne) Rooney, and (Raheem) Sterling, (Adam) Lallana, (Danny) Welbeck, they can turn hot quickly and can create problems for the opposition.
"They need to be a bit more clinical, though, because there won't be many goal-scoring opportunities, so they need to take their chances when they can."
|Kenya 0 Ethiopia 0 (agg 0-2): Hosts sent out of CHAN qualifiers after second penalty miss|
|Dortmund put 17 past Olympians, Bremen hand out thrashing|
|Dinamo Zagreb confirm arrests of coach and club president|
|I didn´t know who Wimbledon guest Klopp was - Brown|
|LeBron James backs Liverpool captain Henderson for FIFA 16 cover.|
|Ramos: I am not negotiating with anyone|
|Valencia complete Mina swoop|
|United States v Japan: US seek final redemption|
|Hanousek consigns Celtic to defeat|
|Roma confirm Dzeko interest|
|Arsenal forward Podolski completes Galatasaray switch|
|Warm Dortmund welcome delights Tuchel|
|Silva vows to fight for Madrid place|
|Mancini hints at Shaqiri and Santon departures|
|Bojan raring to go after return from injury|
|Babel backs Firmino to shine at Liverpool|
|Falcao must wait to impress, warns Chelsea favourite|
|Bartomeu: Deal in place for Turan|
|Parejo re-signs with Valencia|
|MLS Review: Sounders return to winning ways|
|Klinsmann unhappy with USA performance|
|High hopes for Paraguay - Diaz|
|Gareca: More to come from Peru|
|Gerrard had European offers|
|Argentina out to spoil Chile´s party - Martino|
|Sampaoli: Chile won´t change style|
|Di Maria will come good at United - Rojo|
|Peru 2 Paraguay 0: Gareca´s men finish third at Copa|
|United States 4 Guatemala 0: Klinsmann´s men win comfortably|
|´I’d prefer no-one to know my name´ - Bassett|
|Matthews completes Sunderland move|
|Podolski set for Galatasaray medical|
|Gundogan inspires Dortmund victory|
|Inter confirm Montoya capture|
|Murillo joins Inter, as Kuzmanovic and Obi depart|
|Falcao signing not a risk, says former Chelsea star|
|Deeney agrees new Watford deal|
|Confidence and service the key to Falcao success at Chelsea|
|No bids for ´Chelsea target´ Baba, claim Augsburg|
|Derby swoop for Ince|
|Fiorentina consider legal action over Salah ´no-show´|
|Chelsea the team to beat in the Premier League, says Neville|
|Storari exits Juve for Cagliari|
|UEFA removes FFP restrictions on Man City and PSG|
|West Brom hope for new owners within the month|
|Chelsea agree loan deal for Falcao|
|Kuyt eyes trophies on Feyenoord return|
|Chile v Argentina: History beckons ahead of Copa America final|
|Wallace extends Monaco loan|
|Mihajlovic wants to instill fear factor at Milan|
|Mignolet improving at Liverpool - Grobbelaar|
|Mumbai City name Anelka player-manager|
|Olivia the parrot predicts Japan to win Women´s World Cup|
|Lusitans coach blasts Bilic´s ´lack of respect´|
|Sakho eyes more Europa League wins|
|Gareca wants Peru to keep building|
|Chile ´no chance´ if Argentina produce their best - Diaz|
|Ocampos joins Marseille permanently|
|Europa League Review: Cloud-nine Brondby ignite opening round|