Rome – Mario Balotelli was not included in Roberto Mancini’s squad on Friday for Italy’s last Euro 2020 qualifiers, regardless of the president of the nation’s soccer federation (FIGC) calling for him to be chosen.
After Balotelli was the sufferer of racist abuse by Verona followers whereas enjoying for Brescia final weekend, FIGC boss Gabriele Gravina stated calling up the striker would ship “an extraordinary message”.
However the 29-year-old missed out on a return to the worldwide fold for the primary time in a 12 months.
Balotelli has scored two targets in six league appearances since returning to Italy with Brescia after a spell at French membership Marseille.
He has discovered the online 14 occasions in 36 worldwide appearances since making his Azzurri debut in 2010.
Italy, who’ve already certified for subsequent 12 months’s European Championship, face Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 15 earlier than internet hosting Armenia three days later.
Mancini has handed maiden call-ups to Brescia defender Andrea Cistana, Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli and Bologna ahead Riccardo Orsolini.
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 Motionless (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna)