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Italy coach Mancini: Balotelli not up to standards

Italy coach Roberto Mancini says Olympique Marseille striker Mario Balotelli doesn't warrant a call up.

The Azzurri are preparing for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece on June 8 and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11.

Mancini will again ignore former AC Milan striker Balotelli, insisting: "I spoke to Mario and explained why he wasn't in the squad. He has time to get back into the team, as does everyone, and it depends only on him. If he deserves it, he'll be called.

“He still does things that he shouldn't do and got a four-match ban in Ligue 1. It's in his hands. Mario has the qualities to play at a higher level, he can do far more and is not playing at 100 per cent, otherwise he'd score three or four goals per game. He's playing at a low level and I don't like that."

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