The Brescia forward has not played international football since September 2018, but has been given hope to return
Italy Coach Roberto Mancini insists the door remains open for Mario Balotelli to return to the national team.
Balotelli hasn’t played for his country since drawing 1-1 with Poland in September 2018, when he performed for more than an hour of the League of Nations fixture.
The attacker scored five goals in 19 appearances for bottom club Brescia before Serie A The season was stopped due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, after returning to his homeland after three years France with Nice and Marseille.
“If he only thinks about football and does what he has to do, the door opens, for him like many other players who might not be called,” Mancini said in an interview with Sports Mediaset.
“Mario is like everyone else – he has important qualities, but that only depends on him.”
Balotelli is not the only player who can benefit Euro 2020 pushed back because of the Covid-19 outbreak throughout Europe.
RomeNicolo Zaniolo will be absent from this year’s tournament due to injury, but now has time to recover and become part of Italy’s plans in 2021.
Mancini said of the versatile 20-year-old: “He will grow up like other young people. Another year will be important to him.
“The first time I saw him, he played as a midfielder and I thought that was his position. But he has the possibility to play wide on the right, because he plays in Rome at certain times.
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“If a player with important qualities can fill many roles without problems, this is an advantage for him and for us.”
Italy escaped in an impressive manner, escaping with Group J with a record 100 percent, giving Mancini the confidence that they can do well when the finals finally occur.
“Bringing the championship back to Italy after years, since it was last won in 1968, will be an extraordinary thing that we want to do. We have the quality to do it,” he added.