Team News: Mario Balotelli starts for Italy

Team News: Balotelli starts for Italy
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Mario Balotelli shrugs off his snub from Roberto Mancini last weekend to lead the line for Italy against France in Parma.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has kept faith with Mario Balotelli for tonight's friendly against France.

Balotelli failed to make the 18-man Manchester City squad to play Spurs last weekend but leads the line for the Azzurri in Parma.

Stephan El Shaarawy starts alongside Balotelli in attack, a reward for his goalscoring exploits in Serie A so far this season.

Prandelli also hands starting berths to midfield pair Marco Verratti and Antonio Candreva.

France manager Didier Deschamps has picked a strong lineup including Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.

Italy: Sirigu, Maggio, Chiellini, Barzagli, Balzaretti, Montolivo, Verratti, Marchisio, Candreva, Balotelli, El Shaarawy

France: France Starting Lineup: Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra, Capoue, Matuidi, Sissoko, Valbuena, Ribery, Giroud

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