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Balotelli hooked from Italy squad because of injury

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has withdrawn from the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly with England in Switzerland because of conjunctivitis. The eye infection forced the 22-year-old out of City's Community Shield win against Chelsea on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.

Coach Cesare Prandelli has selected eight uncapped players, including AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy.

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