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Mario Balotelli didn't get Italy recall because he's not 100 percent - Roberto Manicini

FC's Shaka Hislop feels Sebastian Giovinco is undoubtedly deserving of his Italy call up after a three-year absence.

Mario Balotelli will be recalled to the Italy squad when he is in form, coach Roberto Mancini said on Monday of his decision to drop the forward for this month's two internationals.

Mancini said the same applied to Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who was also omitted, adding both decisions were based on a "technical judgement."

Balotelli was recalled after a four-year absence and given the captaincy for Mancini's first matches in charge in May but the 28-year-old has played only three times for his...

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco gets Italy call, Mario Balotelli axed

FC's Shaka Hislop feels Sebastian Giovinco is undoubtedly deserving of his Italy call up after a three-year absence.
Italy's loss to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League leaves the Azzurri in a difficult position and the FC crew questioning their identity.

Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has been called up to Italy's squad for the first time in nearly three years ahead of games against Ukraine and Poland, but there is no place for Mario Balotelli.

Giovinco, who left Juventus to move to MLS in 2015, has not played for Italy since November of that year. He has made 23 appearances for Italy in his career, scoring once.

Former Italy coach Antonio Conte had cited Giovinco's decision to "go to play in certain leagues" as a reason to leave him...

Mario Balotelli better than before despite weight issues - Nice's Dante

Mario Balotelli has "improved in relation to previous years" despite a difficult start to the season, according to Nice teammate Dante.

Balotelli, who arrived two weeks late and reportedly overweight for preseason training, has been limited to just three league appearances. Dante publicly criticised Balotelli's display in the defeat at Montpellier just over a week ago, demanding the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker "work to improve" and "take things in hand."

Speaking after the 3-0 loss...

Mario Balotelli is 'perfect culprit' for Italian press - Patrick Vieira

Mario Balotelli has been defended by Nice coach Patrick Vieira following criticism of his performances for Italy.

Vieira, who played with Balotelli at Inter Milan and Manchester City, gave his former teammate his support after he was criticised in the Italian media for his sub-par performance in the Azzurri's 1-1 draw with Poland earlier this month.

"Mario was severely criticised in Italy: it's always like that when the team doesn't win, you need someone to blame," he said. "I think that Mario...

Mario Balotelli 'slimming down well' after weight criticism - Nice teammate

Gab Marcotti and the FC crew assess how Mario Balotelli will fit into Roberto Mancini's side, four years after his last competitive appearance for Italy.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.

Mario Balotelli is "slimming down well and working a lot" to get back into shape for Nice's Ligue 1 challenge, teammate Pierre Lees-Melou has told RMC.

Balotelli has played just 75 minutes of competitive football for his club this term *after his condition was criticised by Nice coach Patrick Vieira.

Since then, the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, who had been expected to leave Nice this summer has been applying himself in training to get back into shape, according to Lees-Melou.

"He's...

Mario Balotelli has a lot of work to do on fitness - Nice boss Patrick Vieira

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.
Gab Marcotti says Federico Chiesa and Jack Bonaventura turned the tide for Italy in their draw with Poland, but the first half raised concerns.

Mario Balotelli "still has a lot of work to do" to get back to peak fitness, Nice coach Patrick Vieira has said.

Vieira had urged Nice to help Balotelli fulfill his desire to leave in the summer after the striker returned to preseason training late.

L'Equipe reported that Balotelli had weighed 100 kilograms, 12kg above his optimal weight, when he returned.

The 28-year-old missed Nice's first three matches of the season through suspension but played 75 minutes against Lyon before the international...