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Mancini Announces First Italy Squad, Balotelli Returns

Mancini Announces First Italy Squad, Balotelli Returns

By SL International - May 20, 2018 10:01 AM

Roberto Mancini has named his first squad as Italy manager and after a four-year absence, Mario Balotelli has been re-called to the squad.

Read: Italy Announce New Coach

Balotelli has not been selected for national since the national side's group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, after netting 26 goals in all competitions this season, Mancini has decided to re-call the striker, who he worked with at Manchester City.

The 27-year-old has made 33 appearances for the national side, scoring 13 goals in the process.

The Azzuri will play three friendlies Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino).
 
Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St. Petersburg), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea).
 
Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).
 
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Nice), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Simone Zaza (Valencia).
 


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KhothaKhosi Joined: 15 Feb 2018
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KhothaKhosi May 21, 2018 04:10 PM
Super Mario is back! Immobile will be a good striker partner for him. They must rebuild the Azzuri.
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Mystique-Luu Joined: 20 Apr 2015
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Mystique-Luu May 21, 2018 03:38 PM
They must just play Bafana Bafana coz they're also not going to the World Cup
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ko mokokotlo Joined: 16 Nov 2017
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ko mokokotlo May 21, 2018 11:49 AM
@swalala please do not show us your lack of football knowlegde. if you do not know them then i would suggest you shut up your trumpet, if you do not know immobile, bellotti,donnarumma, jorginho, insigne then please ask the senior bloggers for help my boy.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal May 21, 2018 11:37 AM
Another fight is on the cards
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rendzo1 Joined: 15 Sep 2015
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rendzo1 May 21, 2018 07:32 AM
@Myaka weliPhefeni They did not qualify for world cup
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 21, 2018 02:34 AM
I'm happy to see balotelli back in the italian squad
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Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni May 20, 2018 11:19 PM
Super mario his back n i wish his gonna make it in a final team for world cup and cant disapoint
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BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND3 May 20, 2018 05:58 PM
thank you Mancini for recalling Super Mario & we all know his absence the last 4 years had nothing to do with his performance rather personal issues certain people in the Italian FA had with him......we all know Balotelli shines under you.
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Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker May 20, 2018 05:00 PM
Poor Italians ay!
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swalala Joined: 08 Apr 2013
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swalala May 20, 2018 04:14 PM
So Italy don't have star players anymore.... Mario is the only big name is know in this squad. Zapacosta maybe playing for Chealsea bit he is not big name. They use to have Buffon Pirlo and the likes
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Special*00 Joined: 10 Jan 2016
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Special*00 May 20, 2018 04:05 PM
@mzolisto its nt 4 tournament its jst for friendly match remember Italy is jst lyk us no world cup...they lost to Sweden kwi play-off
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chiefs_ENEMY May 20, 2018 02:51 PM
Super Mario
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Deftman05 Joined: 18 Aug 2013
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Deftman05 May 20, 2018 02:46 PM
Super Mario is back
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 May 20, 2018 01:26 PM
13 Goals in 33 Games,that is a shame for a Striker him and Gabuza are the same
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mzolisto Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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mzolisto May 20, 2018 11:24 AM
This squad is dominated by Italian based players. Sometimes it's backfire during the proceedings of the tournament cs experience from other leagues is required and served as a wake up call. Maybe I'm wrong somehow.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 20, 2018 10:41 AM
I'm happy for super Mario

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