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Mario Ballotelli Gets First Italian Call-Up In Four Years

Former-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been called up to the Italian international side for the first time in four years.

Few players could match the confidence, swagger and undeniable talent of Mario Balotelli when he was on his game but after a period of several years at the very top, the former City and Liverpool star has found himself playing further off from the mainstream public’s eye.

His home-country of Italy’s nightmare World Cup stood as the last time Mario laced up his boots at international level but according to reports made by, manager Roberto Mancini is willing to give his former player another chance to cap.

Mancini has dealt with Balotelli at two different clubs, City and Inter Milan, and while we’re sure he’s all too aware of the risks that come with calling up this volatile customer, with friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands, he should get a better look at the player who has managed to score 43 goals over the course of two seasons with Ligue 1 outfit, Nice.

Mario has found the net on 13 occasions over the course of his 33 game stint with the Italian national team and with this summer’s World Cup just around the corner, we may well see him play an important role as Mancini’s side enter the fray next month.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]