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Balotelli makes first Italy call up in 4 years

Discussion in 'Euro' started by sport maestro, May 19, 2018.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    New Italy coach Roberto Mancini gave Nice striker Mario Balotelli is first call up into the Italy squad and Balotelli is set to make his first appearance with Italy since November 2014. Balotelli lost his place in the national side when Antonio Conte was appointed boss after the 2014 World Cup.

    The 53-year-old who left Zenit Saint Petersburg was confirmed as Italy's new coach on Monday. Both Mancini and Balotelli have worked together at Inter Milan and Manchester City. Balotelli is no stranger to Mancini whom he has worked with at two different clubs, first at Inter Milan, followed by a three-year collaboration during which the forward produced some of the best football of his club career.

    Super Mario who claims to be matured as a person had a history of being violate which Mancini is well aware of, he knows the risks that come with calling up Balotelli. Mancini is willing to hand Balotelli his first game in four years as he comes out of international exile for Italy's in upcoming friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.

    The 27-year-old Maverick striker who has found the net on 13 occasions over the course of his 33 game stint with the Italian national team last featured for Italy at the 2014 World Cup, subsequently being overlooked by Antonio Conte and Giampiero Ventura.

    However, he has gotten back to form and has scored 18 goals in 28 league games and seven goals in six in the Europa League for Nice this season. His confidence, swagger and undeniable talent when he was on his game has gotten him a call up by Mancini.

    Mancini's first match in charge will be against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28 before meeting France in Nice on June 1 and then face another European giant Netherlands who also missed out on the World Cup in Turin 3 days later. His first official match will come in the new Nations League in September.

    Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's 176-cap career with the Azzurri is definitely over, a decision he revealed this week, so AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma is named and will likely be Mancini's No. 1.

    While Roma captain Daniele de Rossi has been left out. Mancini has named five new players in his first squad. These include Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara, Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri, Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli, Crotone midfielder Rolando Mandragora and Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi.

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