Mario Balotelli offered Euro 2012 hope

Mario Balotelli
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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli challenges Mario Balotelli to prove that he has the mental ability to deal with the pressures of a major tournament.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed that he wants to take Mario Balotelli to Euro 2012 this summer.

The Manchester City striker was dropped from Prandelli's last squad for disciplinary reasons.

However, the coach has challenged the 21-year-old to prove that he has the mental capacity to deal with a major tournament.

"In my head, Balotelli is a starter, but he still needs to show that he's got the personality and capacity to handle this pressure," Prandelli told reporters.

Balotelli has made seven appearances for the Italian national team.

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