Fernando Muslera: Italy must take Balotelli to Brazil

Doubts remain over the AC Milan attacker's attitude and discipline, but the Galatasaray goalkeeper says he would love to have the forward as a teammate.
Fernando Muslera is bemused by the uncertainty over Mario Balotelli's inclusion in the Italy starting lineup, claiming the forward would grace any side at the World Cup.

Balotelli has netted 12 times in just 29 international appearances, but he has developed a reputation as a volatile and ill-disciplined character. There remains some doubt within his homeland about the wisdom of relying on such an unpredictable player on the game's grandest stage.

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However, Muslera is a huge admirer of the AC Milan attacker and says he should be one of the first names on Cesare Prandelli's team sheet.

"I would take Balotelli in any squad," the 27-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I would like him as a teammate. I like him. He has character."

Uruguay, of course, has been drawn in the same group as the Azzurri, as well as England and Costa Rica, and the former Lazio goalkeeper is well aware of the threat posed to his country's hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

"They have a complete squad; strong in every department," the former Lazio shot stopper said. "[Midfielder Andrea] Pirlo is a champion and [goalkeeper Gianluigi] Buffon continues to amaze: he's 36 and yet it seems like he's only 25."

However, Muslera believes that in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Uruguay has a strike partnership capable of firing Uruguay to glory.

"Suarez and Cavani are a spectacular duo," the Galatasaray man said. "One relies on strength, the other speed. But, above all, they they help us a lot, because Cavani is very good at coming back."