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‘Italy don’t need Balotelli, we have Immobile’ - Parolo

03:18 EAT 24/03/2018
Ciro Immobile Argentina Italy
The midfielder says that the Azzurri should keep faith with their current forwards despite another defeat, this time at the hands of Argentina

Italy veteran Marco Parolo has dismissed growing calls for Mario Balotelli to be recalled despite the Azzurri firing blanks again versus Argentina.

The Italians, who failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, lost 2-0 to Argentina in Manchester on Friday following second half goals by Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini.

It was Italy’s third consecutive game without scoring but Parolo says there is no need to recall Balotelli despite his outstanding form for Nice this season.

“We have important players already now and we have Immobile who is fighting for the European Golden Shoe,” Parolo told Goal.

“Other players could do well but I think we are well covered with the players we have.”

Luigi Di Biagio is Italy’s interim coach until a permanent successor is found, but he was unable to halt the country’s negative run of results or their dismal form in front of goal.

“At the moment we are having a bit of bad luck with scoring,” Parolo bemoaned.

“Sometimes you have one chance and you score and other times it takes five or six chances to score.

“But it's important to create chances and that's what we did today. It’s a shame we were not able to put any away.”

Italy now travel to Wembley to face England on Tuesday.