Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli says he feels 100 per cent Italian.

He was born to Ghanaian parents in Palermo and adopted as a baby by the Balotelli family in Brescia.

The entire Italy squad went to the Quirinale in Rome for a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, who said in a speech that the rules on citizenship ought to be changed.

Many children of immigrants born in Italy cannot have Italian passports until they turn 18, despite feeling "100 per cent" Italian.

"The President's words really struck me. That was absolutely my story," said Balotelli.