After losing against both Italy and Uruguay, England face the certainty of an early exit from the tournament, unless the Azzurri win both their remaining matches.
If they pull it off, the cheeky AC Milan striker has demanded a reward. He tweeted: "If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen."
By insisting that a kiss would be on the cheek, he ensured that no offence would be caused to the Queen or his new fiancée, Belgian model Fanny Neguesha, who he proposed to two weeks ago.
Balotelli, who played for Manchester City in the English Premier League for three years, scored the winning goal against England on Saturday.
England, languishing at the bottom of Group D without any points, must now hope that Italy carry off two consecutive wins, against Costa Rica and Uruguay.
Even so it’s a long shot for the Three Lions. In that case Italy would go through at the top of the group with nine points. England would still have to beat Costa Rica, to finish equal second with with the Central American team and with Uruguay with three points each. Then, the second team to go through would be decided on goal difference.