Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will start with AC Milan's new-look attack against Holland tonight.
"I do not remember seeing a second striker like El Shaarawy," Prandelli told a Press conference. "Someone who contributes so much to the team defensively.
"Balotelli meanwhile must become our central focus.
"He is not a striker in the old-fashioned sense - but a modern forward who can, and must continue, to score every time he gets a chance."