Jack Wilshere has told Mario Balotelli to forget any plans he may have to wind England up on Saturday.
England stepped up their preparations for Saturday's World Cup opener against Italy with their first full training session in the baking Rio heat on Monday.
On Thursday England will travel to Manaus where they will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy 48 hours later.
Given that he spent two-and-a-half turbulent years at Manchester City, the England squad are well aware of Balotelli's goal-scoring capabilities.
Balotelli scored 30 goals during his spell at the Etihad Stadium, but he was more renowned for his ill-discipline and bizarre off-the-field antics like throwing darts at youth team players.
When asked whether England should be wary of the 23-year-old attempting to rile them up Wilshere, who was on the bench when Balotelli was sent off against Arsenal in 2012, said: "First and foremost, we have to worry about him as a player.
"He is a great player. We have seen that in the past.
"But we have got players who have played with him like Joe Hart, and we have defenders who have played against him in the Premier League.
All of these things should make Manaus more tolerable for Hodgson's men, who will take malaria tablets for the trip to the jungle on Tuesday.
"I don't think Manaus causes any fears," Wilshere said.
"Maybe before when we saw the draw, but now we've prepared. We trained hard in Portugal, we trained with the extra layers, we went to Miami and stepped it up a little bit.
"Now we are feeling really good and we've got things in place - like the cooling systems in the dressing room which is going to help us and we're fully prepared."
Wilshere appears to be losing his battle with Jordan Henderson to start against Italy.
But the Arsenal midfielder looked good against Ecuador on Wednesday and he is just glad that he has come to Brazil injury free after years of frustration.
"I am getting stronger and stronger every day," he said as he took time out from Italy preparations on Monday afternoon to visit the Complexo Esportivo da Rocinha, a sports complex in an out-of-town slum.
The Football Association says England have donated a "significant five-figure sum" to the complex so it can refurbish its run-down facilities.
"I have kids myself as well, so it opens your eyes a lot," he added.