England defence scares Pazzini more than vuvuzelas
The Sampdoria player is plotting a course beyond Group F which bypasses Fabio Capello's men and Brazil having been buffeted enough by Inter Milan tough nut Lucio during the Serie A season.
"England's defenders are very tough. They're very strong. I'd prefer to avoid them. Brazil's Lucio, he's a bit particular too, that's all I'm saying," Pazzini, who scores many headers thanks to a salmon-like leap, told reporters on Saturday.
The 25-year-old scored twice in Friday's 6-0 friendly win over a South African league representative side but is not expecting to start Group F's opener against Paraguay in Cape Town on Monday.
The friendly, attended by a handful of local fans, at least gave him chance to get used to the drone from South Africa's vuvuzela trumpets.
"It's nice we got a taste of it yesterday at our friendly. When there are just three or four you can hear them so imagine what it's like with 20-30,000," he laughed.