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Euro 2012 is a chance for Balotelli to deliver, says Italy's Prandelli

Euro 2012 is a chance for Balotelli to deliver, says Italy's Prandelli

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The 54-year-old believes that the controversial striker can redeem himself after a tumultuous domestic season, while insisting that his country will not win the tournament

ITALY
GROUP C
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
P
PTS
 ITALY 10 26
 ESTONIA
10 16
 SERBIA 10 15
 SLOVENIA 10 14
 NORTHERN IRELAND
10 9
 FAROE ISLANDS
10 4

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called on Mario Balotelli to prove he can make the headlines for the right reasons after including him in his preliminary squad for Euro 2012.

There were doubts over whether the striker would be selected for next month's tournament, following several incidents during the domestic season at Manchester City.

However, while indicating that he's aware of his ability to draw unnecessary attention to himself, the 54-year-old has urged Balotelli to silence his critics and let his football do the talking.

"In my opinion, he has to see it as an extraordinary occasion for him as it is for the national side," Prandelli told Fifa’s official website.

"It is a time for him to be written about for what he does on the pitch and not what he has done off it."

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The former Fiorentina manager was less optimistic when asked about leading his side to glory in Ukraine and Poland, but was keener to see his team re-establish themselves after their shock elimination from the World Cup 2010 at the group stage.

He added: "We are not built to win the European Championship, but I like to say that the Italians know how to surprise.

"I would like to show that the team has at least worked well and which is arriving at [Euro 2012] knowing it is experiencing a unique moment with a smile on its lips."

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