Antonio Conte believes his Italy team are ready to make a real impact at Euro 2016, but is wary of the threat a "very strong" Belgium team pose to his side's ambitions.

The Azzurri were beaten finalists to Spain at Euro 2012 under Cesare Prandelli, and Conte knows their supporters will expect another strong showing in France.

Italy join Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and the Belgians in Group E and will face the Irish in their final group game in Lille.

The former Juventus boss praised the "good balance" of Martin O'Neill's men, singling out Swedish talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic for praise, but it is Belgium who are giving him most food for thought.

Marc Wilmot's team is studded with talent, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Cortois and Christian Benteke.

After their exit at the hands of Argentina at the 2014 World Cup, they are dark horses for the Euros next summer.

“I think this group is very interesting, very tough because there is a great team, Belgium, with many top players, good organisation. Very strong," he told RTÉ Sport.

"With the Republic of Ireland I see good balance between this team, but we are ready, we are working for this appointment.

"In the last game is always very, very important for qualification. The last friendly match we played Belgium and lost 3-1. They're a good team. Sweden has a great, fantastic player – Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Their squad is very physical with good organisation.

“We have ambition to do very well in the tournament. It’s difficult."