Updated: Friday, 20 June 2014 05:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Balotelli demands reward of kiss from Queen

Italy striker Mario Balotelli joked on Thursday that if his side rescue England's chances of World Cup qualification by beating Costa Rica, he expects a kiss from British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Balotelli demands reward of kiss from Queen

Italy's forward Mario Balotelli gives a press conference at the Arena Pernambuco Stadium in Recife on June 19, 2014, on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D football match Italy against Costa Rica - by Giuseppe Cacace

England's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo left them on the verge of elimination and they need Italy to beat Costa Rica in Recife on Friday if they are to stand any chance of reaching the last 16.

"If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen," Balotelli wrote in a tweet to his 2.36 million Twitter followers, moments after the final whistle in the England-Uruguay game.

Balotelli, who spent two-and-a-half years at English side Manchester City, has already harmed England's hopes of progressing from Group D by scoring the winning goal for Italy in a 2-1 victory when the sides met in Manaus last Saturday.

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