Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Sunday`s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia due to concerns over his hamstring and groin, the Italian football federation (FIGC) confirmed Saturday.
Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio defended coach Antonio Conte's decision to include Mario Balotelli in the national squad, dismissing rumours that the Liverpool striker's recall was made under sponsors' pressure.
Stephan El Shaarawy ended a 19-month goal drought and Jeremy Menez hit a second-half penalty to earn Milan a share of the spoils in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Serie A high-flyers Sampdoria on Saturday.
Former Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella has joined calls for a foreign player cap in Italy`s Serie A, days after national team coach Antonio Conte complained of seeing his selection choices limited.
Italy coach Antonio Conte rejected criticism of his side following a "scant" 2-1 win over Azerbaijan that sent the Azzurri top of Group H in Euro 2016 qualifying ahead of an away clash with Malta on Monday.
Simone Zaza made the most of the suspended Mario Balotelli`s absence up front by scoring the opening goal to pave the way for Italy`s comfortable 2-0 win over Norway in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier on Tuesday.