The Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has insisted that Mario Balotelli will be an integral part of the national side for this mer’s European Championship.
The Manchester City striker was excluded from the Azzurri squad in February for a violation of team ethics over his stamp on Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker during a Premier League clash at the maglie calcio Etihad Stadium and his future in England was left in doubt as his recent sending-off against Arsenal prompted the Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, to declare he would sell the Italian at the end of the season.
Balotelli has since apologised for his red card at the Emirates but the incident posed further questions over his international place as well. However, speaking to Italian radio station, Rai, Prandelli maintained Balotelli was never out of contention for a place in the Italy squad that is set to face Spain, the Republic of Ireland and Croatia in Group C atEuro 2012.
“I never really thought of doing this without Balotelli, as he is a magliette calcio poco prezzo focal point of the national team,” Prandelli said. “Have I made peace with Balotelli? Yes, although to be honest we never argued in the first place. I was pleased that he took responsibility with his statements after the latest incident at Manchester City. I like those who stand up and accept responsibility for their actions.”
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