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Mancini Announces First Italy Squad, Balotelli Returns

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.

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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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