Ahead of facing Saudi Arabia, he said: “As for Balotelli, we'll see if he plays or not. Mario is an Italian player, [Giampiero] Ventura was also going to call him but he had physical problems. I've only recalled him.
“He'll be one of the strikers and we hope he can give us something good for the future because he's still young.
“It's up to him, if he's fit and plays the way we know he can then there will be no problems."