Abate: Italy have no fear
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Italian defender Ignazio Abate is wary of England's threat from the outside ahead of Sunday's UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final.

All but one of England's five goals at EURO 2012 have come from corners or crosses and they are likely to test their opponents in similar fashion at Kyiv's Olympic Stadium this weekend.

AC Milan left-back Abate could find himself up against Ashley Young if Italy play a four-man defence and he said: "England have quick players who find it easy to cross and have great attackers who are very strong. But, with serenity, we have to impose our game, even if we all have to suffer a bit together."

Abate is expecting England's main threat to come from Wayne Rooney, who scored the winner in Tuesday's victory over Ukraine on his return from a two-match ban.

The English are physically strong. We must defend and attack well. 
Ignazio Abate, Italian defender

Asked if Italy are favourites to reach the semi-finals, the 25-year-old said: "I don't know. They too have great enthusiasm and an attacker like Rooney, but we are confident that we have a great squad. The English are physically strong. We must defend and attack well.

"They started as underdogs, but now believe they can get to the final. We too must nurture this dream. We have no fear. There is tension, but we need to be as relaxed as possible, and aware of our potential."

Stopping England will be all the more difficult after Italy's most experienced defender, Giorgio Chiellini, was ruled out of the game with a thigh injury. Abate said: "Giorgio is a very important player with international experience and strong physique, but I'm sure whoever replaces him will be good enough to have a great game."