Newly appointed Italy coach Roberto Mancini has said that he will call forgotten striker, Mario Balotelli back to the national team. The former Zenit St Petersburg tactician said this at his inauguration on Tuesday.
“Even in difficult times, Italy can boast of having players of great quality,” he said. “I will certainly also speak with Balotelli.
“There will be space for whoever will do well for the team. Age is certainly important because we need to build for the future but there is no set criteria to exclude in this regard.
“I want to get to know the players before deciding how we’ll play. The formation and mentality has to be determined by the characteristics of the squad,” he said.
Balotelli and Mancini have an history together from his time at Inter Milan. The 27-year-old was taken through the ranks at Inter before following Mancini to Manchester City in 2010. Their relationship however ended in 2013 with the controversial striker moving to AC Milan.
Also, Mancini promised to build for the future, a problem the Azzurris have long battled with. He will take charge of his first game as Italy coach against Saudi Arabia on May 28, 2018. He will then lead the side against France and Netherlands in subsequent friendlies.