Controversial striker Mario Balotelli has broken his silence after being recalled to the Italian national team for the first time since 2018.
It was confirmed this week that the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward has returned to the Azzurri fold after being called up by Roberto Mancini, who handed him his professional debut at Inter Milan in 2007.
While Mancini's decision has seemingly taken many by surprise, the 31-year-old has been in fine form since joining Adana Demirspor last year, and has contributed to 14 goals in 21 appearances so far this season.
Balotelli's return also comes after injuries to several key players, with Juventus winger Federico Chiesa out for the remainder of the campaign, and Torino striker Andrea Belotti sidelined until late February.
Speaking about his call-up, the forward said he believes it is "normal" for a player his age to be playing international football.
"I'm good and I'm in a good mood," Balotelli told Bresciaingol.
"At 31 years old, playing for the national team should be normal, abnormality is not being there.
"I hope Italy qualify for the World Cup, they deserve it. I don't know why they are in the play-offs, but it can happen."
The reigning European champions will take on North Macedonia in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off match in March.
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