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Mancini Excludes Balotelli from Italy Squad for Euro 2020 Qualifiers


Mahmoud Al Assal

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:49 GMT

Italy national football team coach Roberto Mancini has excluded Mario Balotelli from the Azzurri’s squad for the final Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Mancini announced the Italy squad without calling Balotelli, who was the victim of racist abuse by Verona fans while playing for Brescia last weekend.

After the racist abuse against Balotelli, Italian football federation (FIGC) boss Gabriele Gravina said calling up the striker would send "an extraordinary message," but Mancini refused the call.

It is the first time this year for the 29-year-old Balotelli to miss out on a return to the international fold.

Balotelli has introduced a superb performance this season, as he has scored two goals in six league appearances since returning to Italy with Brescia after a spell at French club Marseille.

Moreover, he has found the net 14 times in 36 international appearances since making his Azzurri debut in 2010.

The Italy national team, who have already qualified for next year's European Championship, will face Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 15th before hosting Armenia three days later.

Italy full squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Andrea Cistana (Brescia), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea/ENG), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Jorginho (Chelsea/ENG), Rolando Mandragora (Udinese), Marco Verratti (Paris SG/FRA), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua/CHN), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna).