Mario Balotelli Italy
Mario Balotelli will look to fire for Italy againReuters

Mario Balotelli wants a kiss from Queen Elizabeth II if Italy manage to keep England's last sixteen hopes alive by beating Costa Rica in their second Group D fixture on Friday.

England, who are on the verge of making a premature exit from the 2014 World Cup following back-to-back defeats in their first two fixtures against Italy and Uruguay, are relying on the Italians to beat Costa Rica and Uruguay.

If Italy beat both the sides and England beat Costa Rica by a considerable margin in their final fixture, the Three Lions will be able to avoid their first World Cup group stage exit since 1958.

And Balotelli, who is confident of beating the Costa Ricans, says that he wants a kiss on the cheek from Queen Elizabeth II as a reward if Italy crush England's first hurdle.

"If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen," Balotelli posted on Twitter.

Despite admitting that he wants to get "many goals as possible" in the 2014 World Cup, the AC Milan striker says that his first priority is to ensure Italy go as "as far as possible."

"I'm feeling very calm at this moment and I don't feel under any pressure at all. I would like to go as far as possible in this World Cup. My personal aim is to score as many goals as possible but the most important thing is that the team plays well and advances," said Balotelli.

Meanwhile Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli insists that Balotelli will be leading his side's attack even though Torino striker Ciro Immobile, who was Serie A top scorer last season, with 22 goals from 33 appearances, is competing for a place in the starting line up.

"If I look at the past four years with Mario, there were times when he was the weapon, the player who could take us to the moon. It is important that he concentrates and that he does what he did in the last game, not so much the goal but the contribution he made. If he can do that for 90 minutes then great, if not we have someone just as good and as fresh," said Prandelli.