Mario Balotelli finds himself, for a brief time at least, in the international wilderness.
The striker was left out of Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, having had a portion of blame directed at him in his country for their World Cup exit.
Balotelli yesterday hit out at his
former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, and went onto defend his record at the tournament:
“I have to be honest and say I was disappointed at what people were saying and how they were blaming me after the World Cup.
“I think I had two, maybe three chances all tournament. Everyone knows I scored against England, but I couldn’t do much else.”
The open suggestion in Italy is that his absence from the recent squads, is down to his poor Liverpool form. He is yet to score a goal in the Premier League in more than 300 minutes of football.
SkyItalia journalist Mario Sconcerti told TMW yesterday: “A behavioural problem? It’s not there. The reason is out of the national team is only and exclusively the poor performance at Liverpool and a poor World Cup.”
While this is a depressing truth, his lack of goals at the Reds, is it just a convenient excuse?
Balotelli is a maverick individual, who is a distraction for the rest of the team, and the manager.
Right now it’s easy to say, well he isn’t scoring, so we will leave him out. It eradicates a potentially problematic issue of having to ignore him if he is in form, and not in the coach’s plans.
If Balotelli can re-discover his scoring form for Liverpool, then he will find out what the Italian national team really think of him.
Do you think Balotelli would be in the Italy team if he was scoring?