Lescott can keep Balotelli quiet, insists England's Milner

England midfielder James Milner believes Joleon Lescott can get the better of Mario Balotelli should the face each other in Sunday's England v Italy quarter-final.

Talking exclusively to Gabriel Clarke of ITV Sport after the 1-0 win against Ukraine, Milner said: “Winning the group is massive for us … it’s a great achievement. We’ll only get stronger the more time we spend together."

Asked about his Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli, he added: “He’s a talent. Joleon’s been playing out of his skin all season really and he’s now doing it in an England shirt which is great.

“He knows him very well, he trains with him every day so I’m sure he’ll keep him quiet!”