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Balotelli named in Italy squad for first time since 2018


Balotelli named in Italy squad for first time since 2018

Mario Balotelli was named in the Italy squad for the first time since 2018 on Monday (Jan 24), as the Adana Demirspor striker joined seven uncapped players in Roberto Mancini's 35-man training camp selection. Balotelli, who worked under Azzurri coach Mancini earlier in his career at Inter Milan and Manchester City, has not featured for the national team since September 2018.

Mario Balotelli has been named in the Italy squad for the first time since 2018 as the European champions plan for their World Cup play-off semi-final.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, 31, has not featured for his country since September 2018.

Balotelli is one of 35 players named for a three-day training camp after scoring eight goals in 18 league games for Turkish side Adana Demirspor.

Italy face North Macedonia on 24 March in a World Cup play-off semi-final.

Balotelli has a record of 14 goals in 36 games for his country, but has earned only three caps since the 2014 World Cup.

This week's training camp is one of Roberto Mancini's final opportunities to get his players together before the North Macedonia match.

Balotelli worked under Mancini earlier in his career at Inter Milan and Manchester City.

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